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2 more Northeast Michiganders die after infection

Alpena County tops 1K confirmed cases

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

ALPENA — Two more Northeast Michigan residents — an Alpena County resident and a Montmorency County resident — died after being infected with COVID-19, and more than 1,000 Alpena County residents have now been confirmed infected with the illness, according to public health officials.

Public health officials on Monday reported 73 newly infected Northeast Michiganders as of Monday, including 52 Alpena County residents, bringing that county’s total to 1,022 confirmed infections since March.

Health officials also reported infections in 13 Presque Isle County residents and eight Montmorency County residents.

No new numbers were posted by District Health Department No. 2 on Monday, which provides the data for Alcona County.

That means that, as of Monday, 1,578 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected, meaning they’d been confirmed infected with COVID-19 but have not recovered or died, and could infect others.

State data showed that, as of Sunday, 834 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Monday, eight COVID-19 patients, none of whom were in intensive care, were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, according to state data. The Alpena hospital was 35% full.

As of Monday, 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, 2,078 Northeast Michiganders have been infected, according to local public health agencies. Of those, 445 have recovered and 55 have died.

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