UP COVID-19 cases increase by 40+ on Wednesday

Out of the 82,428 diagnostic test results reported to the state from Upper Michigan, 1.43% have come back positive for COVID-19 as of Sept. 16.
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Coronavirus in Upper Michigan(WLUC Graphic with MGN Background)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 6:03 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Upper Michigan added 47 new coronavirus cases Wednesday.

Houghton County increased by 12 cases. Menominee County added nine cases, while Delta County increased by eight. Six cases each were added in Iron County. Dickinson County reported five new cases. Two cases each were added in Luce and Ontonagon counties. Single new cases were reported in Baraga, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties. MDHHS also removed a case from Marquette County’s confirmed case totals, compared to yesterday.

Five new recoveries were reported. No new deaths were reported Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. eastern, there have been a total of 1,361 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula during this outbreak. Of those, at least 898 are considered recovered and 22 have resulted in death.

For an ongoing list of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries in Upper Michigan, click here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, out of the 10 U.P. hospitals and health systems reporting, show six COVID-19 patients in Upper Michigan as of Monday, Sept. 14. Two of those patients are in the ICU. MDHHS' hospitalization data wasn’t updated on Sept. 16.

Aspirus hospitals have two hospitalized patients, with none in the ICU. Dickinson County Healthcare System has one patient in the ICU. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has one patient, but none in the ICU. UP Health System hospitals have one COVID-19 patient, and none in the ICU. War Memorial Hospital has one patient, and one patient in the ICU. This data is available through MDHHS.

Out of the 82,428 diagnostic test results reported to the state from Upper Michigan, 1.43% have come back positive for COVID-19 as of Sept. 16.

During an afternoon press conference Wednesday, MDHHS’ Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said that the Upper Peninsula (Region 8 of the MI Safe Start Plan) is currently seeing an average of 70 cases or more, per million people, per day. She said that was a significant increase for the region.

To hear more of what Dr. Khaldun had to say, check out Wednesday’s press conference video embedded below.

Gov. Whitmer Press Conference: Sept. 16

Gov. Whitmer is joined by Dr. Khaldun and Sec. of State, Jocelyn Benson for today's update.

Posted by TV6 & FOX UP on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Michigan reported 680 new cases Wednesday so the state’s total cases are up to 113,863. Eleven new deaths were reported statewide. In total, 6,623 people in Michigan have died from complications with the virus. Current statewide recoveries, updated Saturday on the state’s website, are at 85,513.

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