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
- One new positive case in Gogebic County on Sunday.
- One new positive case in Baraga County today.
- Two new recoveries in Houghton County today.
- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) encourages residents to continue practicing safe steps to reduce the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 during this holiday weekend and as summer weather continues. The more low risk choices people make during a gathering, the more protection we all have.
“There has been a recent uptick in positive cases across our region, particularly in people with mild or no symptoms,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “Now is not the time to let our guard down.
Individual actions impact the health and safety of others, now more than ever.”
The following recommendations are encouraged for you to adopt in order to keep you and your loved ones safe from an illness during a holiday celebration:
- Keep it small. A gathering should be under 50 people inside or 250 people outside. Meeting outside is preferable.
- Stay at least six feet apart from those not in the same household both indoors and outdoors.
- Wash or sanitize hands often.
- Wear masks.
- Stay at home if you are not feeling well, even if your symptoms are mild.
- Do not share food, drinks, or other items. Have everyone bring their own snacks or serve food with single-use serving utensils.
- Food vendors must be licensed to provide food to the public.
- Residents are also reminded to follow general safety tips to avoid injury during holiday celebrations. If you choose to travel remember to buckle up, follow speed limits, and don’t drink and drive. Make sure that fireworks are legal in your area and are for consumer (not professional use). Handle consumer fireworks, including sparklers safely under adult supervision and keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case of mishap.
Updates from Gogebic County
- Gogebic County has received a large shipment from Michigan National Guard containing masks, gloves and gowns.
- UGLFHC drive-through COVID-19 testing dates, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Drive Through COVID-19 Testing Offered This Week, via Keweenaw Report
- Bayside Village performs baseline COVID-19 testing for all staff and residents, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Iron County (Wis.) reports 2 new COVID cases, via Daily Globe
- Keweenaw Safe Keweenaw Strong Announces New Partnerships For More Reopening Kits, via Keweenaw Report
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