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With the new year, comes changes to coronavirus reporting

Coronavirus cases continue to trend lower in Upper Michigan and the average rate of new cases has been decreasing for 53 consecutive days.
Coronavirus in Upper Michigan
Coronavirus in Upper Michigan(WLUC Graphic with MGN Background)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:02 PM EST
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UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - With this new year, comes changes to how TV6 & FOX UP will be reporting coronavirus information each day. We want to pay special attention to the trends we see in the data, so those following along can better understand how the coronavirus is spreading in their communities.

For this reason, it’s important to look at data trends over a period of time. Data on outbreaks, hospitalizations, cases/deaths and vaccine distribution are just some of the data points to consider.

Coronavirus cases continue to trend lower in Upper Michigan and the average rate of new cases has been decreasing for 53 consecutive days. It stands at 182.9 cases per million people, the lowest since Sept. 13, 2020. Statewide, the rate has been trending down for 48 days in a row, with the statewide average slightly higher than the U.P., at 198.2 new cases per million people. That’s the lowest since Oct. 20, 2020.

Monday, there were three confirmed deaths reported in Upper Michigan. One confirmed death each was added in Gogebic, Houghton and Mackinac counties. Total confirmed deaths is at 327 in the U.P. No new probable deaths were reported Monday.

The downward trend in case counts continues as vaccinations in Upper Michigan increase.

According to the latest update Monday, of the 21,125 doses distributed in the U.P., 4,853 have been administered. This means 23% of doses have been given, a 4% increase over last week. Statewide, 128,390 doses of 379,325 distributed have been given, totaling 34% given. This means Michigan is ahead of the nationwide trend, of 30% of vaccines given, according to the CDC.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported five new long-term care facility outbreaks Monday. One of those facilities is the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls. In the last week and a half, the facility has had eight residents and five staff members test positive for COVID-19. Click here for more on that story. But, another Iron County facility began vaccinating employees and residents in recent days. On Monday, the Iron River Care Facility said 75% of residents and staff members had received their first coronavirus vaccine, following the upward trend in Upper Michigan.

Moving forward, you’ll be able to check out the latest updates through links in our story about “Tracking the coronavirus in Upper Michigan.” You can also check out statewide trends using the MI Safe Start mapping tool.

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