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 are up in Houghton and Baraga counties, bringing the five-county area up, despite the other three counties going down in cases per 100,000 people.
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.
Free COVID-19 Antigen Testing and Vaccination Clinics Announced
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.
Health Department announces Prioritization of Contacting COVID-19 Cases
Due to the rising number of COVID cases in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties, you may receive a delay in receiving a response to your call. For general questions related to COVID, please call the MDHHS Hotline: 888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
Effective Sept. 24, the WUPHD has made the decision to concentrate our efforts on controlling potential outbreaks by prioritizing case investigations and contact tracing related to schools, the elderly, and nursing homes.
The public can take steps to prevent further outbreaks by masking in indoor spaces and distancing from others. In addition, if you have not received your COVID vaccine, please do so. The COVID vaccines are safe, effective and work to prevent serious illness. You can find a vaccination location at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.
Please visit https://www.wupdhd.org/ for our COVID-19 information page to find information on the spread of COVID-19 throughout the district. For resources on how to stay safe during the pandemic, visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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.
Today's update shows 11 more hospitalizations than last Thursday with one more ICU beds filled and two more adults on ventilators.
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