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UPDATED: APS extends remote learning through Jan. 8

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Evan Repke plays on his laptop while on summer vacation in this August 2020 news file photo.

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools will continue remote learning from Monday through Jan. 8, the district said in a robocall to parents today.

Remote learning schedules will remain the same as they were prior to the winter break.

On Jan. 11, in-person and hybrid learning will resume. Kindergartners through fifth-grade students will learn in person five days a week, with the same daily schedule and protocols that were in place in the fall. Students in grades six through 12 will return to their same hybrid schedules as were used previously.

For more information, visit the Alpena Public Schools Facebook page.

The interactive graphic below shows active infections in Northeast Michigan over time. Story continues below graphic.

Meanwhile, public health officials today reported nine newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including seven Presque Isle County residents and two Alcona County residents.

The cumulative number of infected Alpena County residents and Montmorency County residents, however, were decreased today.

Officials could not be reached for comment today, but previous reductions in infection counts were the result of corrected errors in addresses input at the state level.

As of today, 1,568 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected, meaning they’d been confirmed infected with COVID-19 but have not recovered or died, and could infect others.

As of Monday, 12 COVID-19 patients, three of whom were in intensive care, were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, according to state data. The Alpena hospital was 30% full. The state has not updated hospital-specific data since then.

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

As of today, 65 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.

Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, 1,988 Northeast Michiganders have been infected, according to local public health agencies. Of those, 369 have recovered and 51 have died.

The last death was reported Tuesday.

Flip through the interactive timeline below to see how the coronavirus spread through Northeast Michigan.

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