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If you’re experiencing an emergency situation call 911 immediately. 

This website and its matching social media outlets are the official Joint Information System for emergency operations in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the counties in maintaining this system is the Western UP Health Department, which serves as the lead agency.

Below is the contact information for a representative from each of the cooperating institutions. Please contact them if you have any questions, suggestions or comments. 

Western UP Health Department (Lead Agency) 

COVID-19 Hotline

  • Phone: (906) 487-5545, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays

Kate Beer

  • Title: Health Officer & Chief Executive
  • Phone: (906) 482-7382 ext.143

Pete Baril

  • Title: Director, Community Planning & Preparedness
  • Phone: (906) 482-7382, Ext. 116

Ontonagon County

Mike Kocher

Gogebic County

Heidi DeRosso

Andrew Westeen

Houghton/Keweenaw Counties

Chris Van Arsdale

Baraga County

Jeff Hubbard

  • Title: Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Email: baragaem@up.net
  • Phone: (906) 524-7240

Site Administration

Michael H. Babcock

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