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11 more Northeast Michiganders, 2 MediLodge of Rogers City staffers infected

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

ALPENA — Two employees at MediLodge of Rogers City are infected with coronavirus, state health officials said today as the coronavirus continued its resurgence.

Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, three MediLodge of Rogers City staff and one resident there have been infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The previous infections of a staff member and resident occured this spring, during the first wave of the virus.

The cases connected to the nursing home are concerning, because most of the COVID-19 infections in Northeast Michigan this spring were related to nursing homes. Sixty-one residents and 31 staff at MediLodge of Alpena were infected during the first wave this spring. Nine residents died after being infected with the disease.

The news comes as Northeast Michigan finds itself in the midst of a second wave of coronavirus. Seventy-one new infections were reported by local health department officials last week and 32 new infections have been reported so far this week, including 11 new infections today.

Check out the chart below showing the spread of the coronavirus in Northeast Michigan. Story continues below the chart.

Hospitalization rates continue to climb. Ten more people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases today across the state-designated, 18-county health care region that includes Alpena, Presque Isle, and Montmorency counties. Sixty-one people were hospitalized across those 18 counties on Tuesday, including 40 in intensive care.

Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, 339 Northeast Michigan residents have been infected, including 171 Alpena County residents, 51 Alcona County residents, 36 Montmorency County residents, and 81 Presque Isle County residents.

Eighteen of those people died, while 189 recovered.

As of today, 132 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected — meaning they’d been diagnosed and hadn’t died or recovered. That’s more than at any point since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 infections continued to increase statewide, with state health department officials reporting 3,106 new cases and 43 new deaths today. That brings the total number of cases to 187,995 and the total number of deaths to 7,400 deaths.

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