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 Daily Briefs will be shared each weekday through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Updates from Western U.P. Health Department
- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received notification today of the first COVID-19 positive case in Baraga County. The case is a male with a recent history of travel. The Health Department continues to investigate to determine if the case is travel-related and if additional people have been in close contact with the individual.
“We will be closely monitoring any individuals who may have had direct, personal contact with the identified case, such as household contacts,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “Additional information will be provided if our investigation reveals any possible lower-risk community exposures. Please remember this is a time for us to support each other and work together to reduce any possible spread of illness in our community.”
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention steps include:
- Clean your hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider.
- Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wear a mask while in spaces occupied by the public.
- WUPHD is working to coordinate its response with community partners. A local COVID-19 informational call line is available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM EST to 4 PM EST at (906) 487-5545. Updates are also available at www.wuphd.org.
Updates from Gogebic County
- The county’s Emergency Operations Center received a large shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns and sanitizer, today from the State of Michigan’s EOC in Lansing.
- The Cities of Wakefield, Ironwood, and Bessemer are teaming up with schools from Hurley to Wakefield including Gogebic Community College to update us on their happenings during a Town Hall Event on Facebook. The community is invited to join. Details can be found here, https://www.facebook.com/events/1184038435261292/.
Updates from Houghton & Keweenaw Counties
- Houghton and Keweenaw counties received an additional shipment of PPE from the State. This shipment included 5,000 surgical masks and 3,000 face shields. An additional shipment is expected by the end of the week. All received materials are being distributed to local health care providers, long-term care facilities, and law enforcement and first responder agencies.
Updates from Ontonagon County
- The Ontonagon County alternate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Greenland Volunteer Fire Department Hall has become the distribution hub for the six western counties of the Upper Peninsula. We have received 15 pallets of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the State EOC in Lansing the past 4 days. The numerous items are being distributed throughout the counties by Michigan National Guard personnel that have been activated from the Calumet Armory and assigned to the Ontonagon EOC distribution hub. The National Guard personnel are a vital asset in conducting inventory, allocation and delivering of personal protective equipment.
Other Area-Wide Updates
- FEMA Public Assistance (PA) applicant briefings begin Monday. FEMA requires all applicants to attend one of 15 online sessions. Public Assistance (PA) is available to all governmental entities, and some eligible non-profits. Most reimbursements will be from Category B: Emergency Protective Measures, or generally: "Emergency protective measures conducted before, during, and after an incident are eligible if the measures:
- Eliminate or lessen immediate threats to lives, public health, or safety; OR
- Eliminate or lessen immediate threats of significant additional damage to improved public or private property in a cost-effective manner"
- These are some emergency protective measures that could be eligible (this list is not exhaustive):
- Transporting and pre-positioning equipment and other resources for response
- Emergency Operation Center (EOC)-related costs
- Emergency access
- Supplies and commodities
- Medical care and transport
- Evacuation and sheltering, including that provided by another State or Tribal government
- Child care
- Animal carcass removal
- Search and rescue to locate survivors, household pets, and service animals requiring assistance
- Fire fighting
- Security, such as barricades, fencing, or law enforcement
- Use or lease of temporary generators for facilities that provide essential community services
- Searching to locate and recover human remains
- Storage and interment of unidentified human remains
- Mass mortuary services
- If you are interested in seeing what types of costs are eligible for reimbursement through the PA program, the complete guide is available here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1525468328389-4a038bbef9081cd7dfe7538e7751aa9c/PAPPG_3.1_508_FINAL_5-4-2018.pdf
- Baraga County Fair Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Concerns, via Keweenaw Report
- Test on the go: Drive-through COVID-19 testing launches in Houghton, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Supporting kids through radio, Daily Mining Gazette Letter to the Editor from CCISD Superintendent Goerge Stockero
- Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site up and running in Houghton, via TV6
- Peterson's Fish Market donated nearly 1500 pounds of fish to local non-profits, via TV6
- Michigan Construction to Resume May 7, via TV6
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