U.P. COVID-19 cases reported
MARQUETTE — As of early Monday, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula stands at five with one death in Gogebic County.
On March 24, the Marquette County Health Department reported it became aware of a positive COVID-19 case identified through commercial laboratory testing. The identified person is an adult male with a history of recent domestic travel through international airports. The individual had been in home isolation in accordance with current guidelines. Marquette County later reported a second case. No additional information was reported.
On March 27, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received notification of the first local death attributed to COVID-19. The individual was an elderly male Gogebic County resident with underlying health issues. The Health Department said it continues to investigate the case.
“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family who have lost their loved one,” said Cathryn A. Beer, health officer at WUPHD. “This is a tragic reminder of how serious a threat COVID-19 is to our residents, especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. We need to work together to protect each other, support each other, and slow the spread of this disease.”
As a precaution, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is asking everyone to follow the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 to “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others.
On March 29, WUPHD received notification of the first COVID-19 positive case in Houghton County. The Health Department continues to investigate the case to determine exposure risk to recent contacts.
“At this time, I advise the public to be diligent, yet level-headed in prevention efforts,” Beer said. “I urge you to get your information and situation updates from reputable sources such as the health department or your physician.”
WUPHD will not name public low-risk exposure locations. Residents should behave as though the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community, including businesses and buildings that are open under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21.
On March 29, Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties has announced Delta County’s first positive case of COVID-19.
PHDM said it was notified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of the presumptive positive test result.
The individual is an adult woman. PHDM is in the process of identifying and contacting people who have had close contact with the individual. No further information was released.
“There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19,” said Robert S. Van Howe, MD, Interim Medical Director for PHDM, “Many people who get COVID-19 experience mild, cold-like illness, but in some cases people experience severe illness, hospitalization, and/or death.”
As of Monday, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Iron County.
Information in this article is up to date as of Monday morning. However, reports of COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula are continually being updated.