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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR NOVEMBER 5
The previous update was Monday, November 2 at 8:30 p.m. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- TOTAL: 132 more positives, 40 more probable positives, 43 more recoveries and 2 deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: 24 more positives, 7 more probable positives and 2 more recoveries
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 24 more positives, 8 more probable positives, 6 more recoveries and 1 death
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 33 more positives, 23 less probable positives, 33 more recoveries
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: 1 less positive, 1 death
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: 52 more positives, 2 more probable positive, 2 more recoveries
Health Department Reports First Keweenaw County Death Attributed to COVID-19
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has confirmed that a Keweenaw County resident has died of complications surrounding COVID-19. The elderly person was an inpatient at a local hospital at the time of their death. To date, there are 28 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 are seeing increased cases throughout our district and we must come together as a community to mitigate the spread of this virus.”
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 www.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/).
UPDATE FROM Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District
Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate school District is extending their closure and will continue virtual learning after meeting with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.The district will remain closed to in person learning through November 20 in Ontonagon County and November 13 in Gogebic County. Read more on the TV6 website, https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2020/11/05/gogebic-ontonagon-intermediate-school-district-extends-virtual-learning/.
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