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Presque Isle County’s first virus death reported

Courtesy Image An illustration of the coronavirus provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALPENA — A Presque Isle County resident has died while infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 reported today.

The individual, an adult male, is the first resident of the county to die while infected.

One Alcona County resident and 13 people from Alpena County have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

“This is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community members,” Denise Bryan, health officer at the Health Department, said in a statement.

Thirteen people have tested positive in Presque Isle County, and, as of Sunday, 12 of them were listed as having recovered — defined by the state as having lived 30 days since the onset of symptoms.

As of today, the number of recovered for Presque Isle County is listed as 11 on the Health Department’s website. It wasn’t immediately clear why the number of recovered fell. No one from the Health Department could be reached for comment.

As of today, 111 Alpena County residents have tested positive, and 95 have recovered. Seven Montmorency County residents and 23 Alcona County residents have tested positive, with five and 17 recoveries, respectively.

Statewide, of the about 78,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than 57,500 have recovered as of Friday.

As of today, 6,154 have died while sick with COVID-19, including five new deaths reported today.

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