In collaboration with the Western U.P. Health Department and Emergency Operation Centers in Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Keweenaw County and Ontonagon County, Copper Country Strong Briefs will be shared regularly through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, they are released on Thursdays.
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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Case rates across the five-county area served by the Western U.P. Health Department continued to go up reaching 350.2 cases per 100,000 population. Baraga County is at the highest in the region with a 632.9 cases per 100,000 population. Baraga County is also the least vaccinated with less than 50 percent of the population receiving a vaccine. Case rates dropped dramatically in Keweenaw, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, while staying about the same in Houghton County. As a whole, 56.5% of residents of the Western U.P. have received at least their initial vaccine. Ontonagon County has the highest vaccination rate in the region at 64.1%. One person in Baraga County and one person in Houghton County died of COVID-19 in the last week.
If you're interested in getting a vaccine, many regional providers have same-day availability. Visit coppercountrystrong.com/vaccine to find out where you can get one in the Western U.P.
THERE ARE WEEKLY FREE COVID-19 ANTIGEN TESTING AND VACCINATION CLINICS
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announces that it has partnered with the Michigan National Guard to provide weekly free community wide COVID-19 antigen testing and vaccination sites at several locations in the health district.
The free clinics begin this week and run through the month of October. Clinic locations include:
- Tuesdays, Memorial Building, 213 S. Marquette St., Ironwood, MI, Hours to be determined.
- Wednesdays, Ontonagon Village Fire Hall, 315 River St., Ontonagon, MI, 10 AM to 5 PM ET.
- Thursdays, 821 Water Street, Hancock, MI, 8 AM to 6 PM ET.
Moderna and J&J vaccine will be available at all clinics. Pfizer vaccine is available on a limited basis; please call your local health department office for more information. Booster information will be shared once final recommendations are received from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Pre-registration is not required, and participants do not need insurance, a prescription or a doctor’s order to be tested. Participants are encouraged to wear a mask and bring a driver’s license or other photo ID.
UPDATE FROM FRONTLINE UPDATES
Frontline UPdates is a group of healthcare communication professionals from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Region 8). They have formed a Joint Information Center so that they can share common messages across the Upper Peninsula about the COVID-19 efforts. Follow along on the Frontline UPdates Facebook page. Above is their latest update, which includes hospitalizations, ICU bed utilization and ventilator utilization. These numbers are updated daily on the Frontlines UPdates Facebook page.
The total amount of hospitalized patients in the U.P. went down by 13.3% over the last week, but there was a 17.6% increase in ICU bed utilization with 20 people across the U.P. now occupying an ICU bed with COVID-19. Of those 20, five of them are on ventilators, one less than last week at this time.
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