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
With the increase in transmission involved with the Delta Variant of COVID-19, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has decided to bring back the briefings. This briefing will come out weekly and focus on the information you see above, with additional information being included as available.
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Introducing 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.
MDHHS issues quarantine guidance for asymptomatic students
To help ensure Michigan students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom and keep students in school for in-person learning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued updated quarantine guidance.
"When layered prevention strategies such as masking, distancing, testing, isolation and quarantine are applied consistently, school-associated transmission of COVID-19 is significantly reduced - which keeps kids in the classroom so they can learn," said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. "However, if someone is exposed to COVID at schools, it's important for them to follow quarantine guidance to prevent spread to other children."
MDHHS recommends local health departments and schools work together to quickly isolate COVID-19 cases among students and staff, identify close contacts of those cases and adopt quarantine policies that reduce the risk of transmission in schools while allowing in-person learning. When evidence-based prevention measures, including universal masking, are in place, modifications may be made to the 10- to 14-day at-home quarantine.
Read more at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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