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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR November 2
The previous update was Thursday, October 29 at 8:30 p.m. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- TOTAL: 143 more positives, 8 more probable positives, 101 more recoveries and 4 deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: 29 more positives, 4 more probable positives and 4 more recoveries
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 43 more positives, 10 more probable positives, 7 more recoveries and 3 deaths
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 49 more positives, 8 less probable positives, 83 more recoveries
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: 6 more positives, 2 less probable positives, 2 more recoveries
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: 16 more positives, 4 more probable positive, 4 more recoveries, 1 death
Potential COVID-19 Exposure Site for Ontonagon County
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has identified the Citizens State Bank of Ontonagon, located at 501 E River Street, Ontonagon, MI, as a potential exposure site for COVID-19. Dates of possible exposure run October 16 through October 28.
The health department is advising people that exposure could have occurred at the site listed above or several days later with close contact to someone who visited the site. Depending on the length of exposure, you may be at higher risk for contacting COVID-19. Symptoms will typically appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure.
We ask that if you have visited the site and have or develop symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or a new loss of test or smell, that you call your healthcare provider and inform them of any potential exposure. For general information, call the WUPHD at (906) 482-7382, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM.
First Ontonagon County Death Attributed to COVID-19
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has confirmed that an Ontonagon County resident has died of complications surrounding COVID-19. The elderly person was an inpatient at an Upper Peninsula hospital at the time of their death. To date, there are 26 deaths related to the virus within the five-county jurisdiction.
“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family and friends who have lost their loved one,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our friends and families. We must be increase in our prevention efforts, especially for the safety of our elderly and vulnerable populations.”
WUPHD reminds people to avoid close contact with people who are not part of your household as even people with mild or no symptoms can spread the virus. Masking, washing hands, and maintaining a 6foot distance are steps that you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
WUPHD is working to coordinate their response with federal, state, and local officials, as well as healthcare professionals, institutions, schools and community organizations. For more information, please contact the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department at (906) 482-7382. Updates are also available at wuphd.org.
There is a State informational hotline available from 8 AM EST to 5 PM EST seven days per week. That number is 1-888-535-6136. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the MDHHS website (www.michigan.gov/coronavirus), or the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/).
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