Iron County COVID cases rise to 13


LANSING/IRON COUNTY — According to the coronavirus map, Iron County now has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, July 27, up from seven just two weeks ago.
    The state said that increases in confirmed cases across all regions may be the result of the availability of recent testing sites for residents and a system error that delayed laboratory result referrals from the evening of July 24 into the morning of July 25.
    However, according to the MI Safe Start Map, which was created by the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Public Health, the Upper Peninsula is now categorized as a “medium-high” risk level, along with Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Jackson. The Traverse City region remains at a medium risk level.
    Determinations of risk levels are made for entire regions, based on individual indicators, like percentage of new cases, and other epidemiologic information.
    These risk levels may differ from the MI Safe Start economic engagement phases and guidance and the corresponding MI Safe Schools Roadmap.
    The DIDHD did not have an update on its Facebook page as of July 26. The department had closed on July 24 because of drive-through testing site activities in Crystal Falls and Kingsford.
    No other information about the Iron County cases was available as of press time.