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Virus death rate stable in Delta County

ESCANABA — As of Thursday, the U.P. had 15,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,642 probable cases, 343 deaths and 80 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials.

The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

According to the state’s county-by-county count issued Thursday, Delta County had a total of 2,568 confirmed COVID-19 cases (up six from Wednesday), 442 probable cases, 60 deaths and 18 probable deaths. Delta County’s death rate has remained stable for the past several days. Menominee County had 1,546 confirmed cases (up three from Wednesday), 245 probable cases, 34 deaths and two probable deaths. Schoolcraft County had 223 confirmed cases (no change from Wednesday, 22 probable cases, three deaths and one probable death.

Elsewhere in the peninsula, Alger County had 220 confirmed cases, 138 probable cases, one death and two probable deaths; Baraga County had 479 confirmed cases, 90 probable cases, 29 deaths and one probable death; Chippewa County had 665 confirmed cases, 967 probable cases, 15 deaths and two probable deaths; Dickinson County had 2,055 confirmed cases, 211 probable cases, 56 deaths and 14 probable deaths; Gogebic County had 760 confirmed cases, 304 probable cases, 16 deaths and 25 probable deaths; Houghton County had 1,812 confirmed cases, 456 probable cases, 27 deaths and seven probable deaths; Iron County had 809 confirmed cases, 62 probable cases, 32 deaths and five probable deaths; Keweenaw County had 89 confirmed cases, 16 probable cases, one death and one probable death; Luce County had 128 confirmed cases, and 69 probable cases; Mackinac County had 270 confirmed cases, 130 probable cases, and three deaths; Marquette County had 3,300 confirmed cases, 459 probable cases, 51 deaths and one probable death; and Ontonagon County had 286 confirmed cases, 31 probable cases, 15 deaths and one probable death.

The state does not include infections or deaths within the Michigan Department of Corrections system in county-by-county counts, however, as of Thursday, the MDOC had 22,157 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 132 deaths, two probable deaths statewide according to state officials. Of those cases, 658 were active infections.

Note on Thursday’s deaths: Regular reviews of death certificate data maintained in Vital Records reporting systems are conducted by MDHHS staff three times per week. As a part of this process, records that identify COVID-19 infection as a contributing factor to death are compared against all laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS). If a death certificate is matched to a confirmed COVID-19 case and that record in the MDSS does not indicate the individual died, the MDSS record is updated to indicate the death and the appropriate local health department is notified. These matched deaths are then included with mortality information posted to the Michigan Coronavirus website. As a result of the most recent assessment, Thursday’s data includes 107 additional deaths identified by this methodology.

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