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16th Alpena County resident dies after infection; Alpena High, junior high go online-only

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

ALPENA — Another Alpena County resident has died after being infected with the coronavirus, local public health officials reported today.

The death was the 16th for the county and the second this week as the coronavirus resurges far more rapidly in Northeast than it did in the spring.

Meanwhile, beginning Monday, Thunder Bay Junior High School and Alpena High School will transition to remote learning through at least Nov. 30 because of staffing shortages, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. Those schools had been teaching students through a mix of online and in-person classes.

Public health officials today reported 45 newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including 15 Alpena County residents, 12 Presque Isle County residents, eight Montmorency County residents, and 10 Alcona County residents.

That means that, as of today, 309 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected, meaning they’d been confirmed infected with COVID-19 but have not recovered or died. That’s more than triple the number of active infections at the worst point in the spring.

Meanwhile, health officials warned that an infected person visited the following two places and said others who were at those places at the same time should monitor for symptoms:

* Havel’s Northland Grill and Lounge, Onaway, 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5

* Sports Page Lounge, Alpena (pool league), 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday

The interactive chart below shows the number of active coronavirus infections in Northeast Michigan over time. Story continues below chart.

That news does not mean those locations did anything wrong or have to close, only that an infected person was there and other visitors should monitor themselves.

Alpena Community College also reported it was made aware of four new COVID-19 infections linked to the college, including two students, one adjunct faculty member, and one other employee. The four individuals are self-isolating, with the two students isolating until Nov. 24 and 27, respectively.

The interactive chart below shows cumulative infections, deaths, and recoveries in Northeast Michigan over time. Story continues below graphic.

Those who have come into contact with the infected students have been encouraged to monitor for symptoms and those who came into contact with the positive faculty member have been advised to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

The adjunct faculty member teaches only remote classes, so no students or others have been exposed.

And Alpena Township announced it will interact with residents by appointment only until further notice because of climbing COVID-19 numbers. Anyone entering the township building will be screened and required to wear a mask, the township announced today. Options for making payments can be found on the township website.

As of today, 106 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection across the state-designated, 18-county health care region that includes Alpena, Presque Isle, and Montmorency counties, according to state data. Seventy of those people were in intensive care, and 11 were ventilated.

Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, 526 Northeast Michiganders have been infected, according to local public health agencies. Of those, 197 have recovered and 20 have died.

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