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UPDATED: Alpena air passenger infected, Health Department says

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Passengers at the Alpena County Regional Airport wait to get their luggage from the carousel in the new terminal in this March 2020 News file photo.

ALPENA — An airline passenger who flew into Alpena on July 3 has tested positive for the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said in a news release today.

The passenger flew into the Alpena Regional Airport on Delta Air flight DL4252 from Detroit, the Health Department said. The department is asking other passengers on the flight to monitor for symptoms and to notify the department if they need support or guidance. The Health Department can be reached at 989-356-3529.

The Health Department has notified the airline and the airport, which will follow their established COVID-19 response plan, according to the Health Department.

Alpena County Regional Airport Manager Steve Smigelski said the airport is safe to use.

He said the airport is cleaned after each flight, with Alpena Ground Services cleaning the airport, Delta Global Services sterilizing their counters and kiosks, and the Transportation Security Administration sterilizing its own equipment.

The aircraft is fogged at the end of each day, he said.

“We want everybody to have confidence that our airport is kept clean and sanitary and it’s safe to use the airport,” he said.

Smigelski said there are also masks available at the airport and that Delta has them available, as well.

Meanwhile, one more Alcona County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health officials said today.

That means a total of 149 Northeast Michiganders have been infected since the virus hit Michigan in mid-March: 111 Alpena County residents, 13 Presque Isle County residents, 20 Alcona County residents, and five Montmorency County residents.

A total of 114 people have recovered from the dease.

No new deaths were reported by Northeast Michigan health departments today. A total of 13 Northeast Michiganders have died while infected by the disease, including 12 Alpena County residents and one Alcona County resident.

The state announced 446 new cases of coronavirus and nine new deaths today, bringing the total number of infected Michiganders to 67,683 and the total number of people who died while infected with the disease to 6,024.

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