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DIDHD reports case escalation; IC has seven

KINGSFORD/IRON RIVER — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department reported the seventh confirmed case of COVID-19 in Iron County and said the number of positive cases in Dickinson and Iron counties has increased significantly since July 1. (No additional information on the Iron County case was reported.)
    The health department reports that as of July 10, Iron County has four active cases and two recovered with one death, while Dickinson County has 10 active, four recovered and two deaths.
    Of the 10 new cases in the counties, six were from people who were asymptomatic, DIDHD said. Asymptomatic cases are a concern as people do not exhibit symptoms but can be spreading the disease without knowing.
 The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department advises the business community to remain vigilant by requiring their employees and the public to wear facial coverings and enforce social distancing requirements within their facilities. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department said it has made available all necessary information to local businesses and residents regarding the importance of these preventative measures.
“It is now up to community leaders and residents to do their part for our community before COVID-19 cases overwhelm our local health care systems,” DIDHD health officer Daren Deyaert said in the news release.
Region 8, the Upper Peninsula, has been updated from a low-risk area to a medium risk area according to the MI Safe Start Map Dashboard that can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.  
“The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department cannot control this virus from being present in our community, only you can,” Deyaert said. “Please do your part by avoiding large gatherings, adhering to the social distancing requirements, wearing a facial covering and practicing good personal hygiene.”
Positive cases from Dickinson and Iron counties are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the DIDHD’s Facebook page.