COVID-19 toll reaches 1,000 in UP

HOUGHTON — COVID-19 activity again was down across the Upper Peninsula, though the region did reach 1,000 deaths blamed on the virus since the pandemic began nearly three years ago, state data showed Tuesday.

Houghton County had only three new confirmed coronavirus positives since April 25, down four from a week ago, while Baraga County had two new cases from the previous week, according to figures posted Tuesday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 website. Keweenaw County had no new cases.

The MDHHS website Tuesday added 45 confirmed COVID-19 positives since April 25, down 10 from the previous week, to the Upper Peninsula’s tally: nine in Marquette County; six in Delta, Menominee and Chippewa counties; five in Iron and Ontonagon counties; three in Houghton County; two in Baraga and Schoolcraft counties; and one in Gogebic County.

The Upper Peninsula’s 1,000th confirmed COVID-19 death was in Chippewa County.

Based on the MDHHS figures, the Upper Peninsula as of Tuesday has had 65,087 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,000 confirmed deaths since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.

Across the U.P., the MDHHS data Tuesday had Keweenaw County at 607 confirmed cases and 65 probable, and 15 confirmed deaths and one probable death; Luce County, 791 confirmed cases and 892 probable, 17 confirmed deaths and eight probable deaths; Ontonagon County, 1,225 confirmed, 150 probable and 42 deaths, three probable; Alger County, 1,299 confirmed, 879 probable and nine deaths, 12 probable; Schoolcraft County, 1,430 confirmed cases and 829 probable, 15 deaths and six probable; Mackinac County, 1,950 confirmed cases and 1,084 probable, 34 deaths and six probable; Baraga County, 2,184 confirmed cases, 464 probable and 60 deaths, two probable; Iron County, 3,232 confirmed cases and 432 probable, 85 deaths and 17 probable; Gogebic County, 3,699 confirmed cases and 742 probable, 44 deaths and 34 probable; Chippewa County, 4,282 confirmed cases and 6,095 probable, and 100 deaths, 21 probable; Menominee County, 5,042 confirmed cases, 2,255 probable and 69 deaths, 17 probable; Dickinson County, 6,407 confirmed cases and 3,148 probable, 108 deaths and 25 probable; Houghton County, 8,450 confirmed cases, 1,301 probable, 96 deaths and 12 probable; Delta County, 9,230 confirmed cases and 3,436 probable, 156 deaths and 42 probable; and Marquette County, 15,259 confirmed cases, 4,552 probable and 150 deaths, 28 probable.

The MDHHS on Tuesday added 2,630 new confirmed and probable coronavirus positives in Michigan since April 25, down 494 for the week, or an average of about 376 cases per day for the seven-day period, for a total of 3,103,644 cases since COVID tracking began. The state since April 25 recorded 62 confirmed and probable deaths attributed to the virus, 20 fewer than the week before, to reach 42,811.

The state updates COVID-19 data once a week, usually on Tuesdays.


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