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 Gogebic County
- The National Guard dropped off a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) containing gloves and disinfectant wipes. County officials will be delivering them to local healthcare facilities.
Updates from Ontonagon County
- Michigan National Guard from the Calumet Armory delivered PPE supplies today from the Greenland Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall hub to Ontonagon Medivac, Gogebic County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Bessemer and Houghton County EOC at the Sheriff’s department. Today’s personal protective equipment (PPE) deliveries consisted of surgical masks, surgical gloves and disinfecting wipes.
- Ontonagon County Courthouse is still closed to the public, call ahead for options to conduct business
Updates from UPHS - Portage
- UP Health System – Portage’s Laboratory now provides designated hours for routine lab draws for any at-risk patients. These populations include people over 60, pregnant people, and those with chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
- Laboratory At-Risk Patient Hours: Monday - Friday from 7-9 a.m.
- For any questions or concerns regarding routine labs, call (906) 483-1435.
- The Main Entrance of UPHS – Portage is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Any patients wishing to enter the facility outside of those hours will have to enter through the Emergency Department Entrance, which is always open.
- Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Outlines Contact Tracing, via Keweenaw Report
- Calumet native supports nation’s COVID-19 response on American soil, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Rural hospitals hemorrhaging money under executive order from Lansing, via TV6
- Teaching becomes a family affair, via L’Anse Sentinel
- UP Health System Portage Offers Drive Through COVID-19 Testing, via Keweenaw Report
- Online COVID-19 resource for Western U.P. launched, via TV6
- Life not quite back to normal in Calumet, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Hurley teachers, students moved by drive-up event, via Daily Globe
- First COVID case confirmed in Baraga County, via Daily Mining Gazette
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