2 new infections reported in Northeast Michigan

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ALPENA — Two more Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for COVID-19, local public health officials said on Friday.

District Health Department No. 4 officials also said the second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic will proceed Saturday as scheduled.

Health Department Spokeswoman Cathy Goike said despite the storms this week, the Health Department received its vaccine allocation and will continue as planned.

Public health officials on Friday reported two newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including two Alpena County residents. No new infections were reported for Presque Isle County residents, Montmorency County residents, or Alcona County residents.

As of Feb. 18, local public health agencies have reported confirmed and suspected infections as one number.

Based on that data, 2,896 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 103 have died.

State data showed that, as of Thursday, 15,165 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, no one was hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, or in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 39% full.

As of Friday, 18 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.

The last death was reported Thursday.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

COVID-19 vaccine: Frequently asked questions

Who’s currently eligible to receive the vaccine?

Those 65 and older, health care workers, police, firefighters, teachers and child care workers.

How do I get an appointment?

Pre-register online (preferred) at dhd4.org, dhd2.org, or clinic.meijer.com. Residents of Alpena, Presque Isle, or Montmorency counties can call 989-356-4507 and choose option 1.

What if I don’t have the internet?

The Alpena Senior Citizens Center can help. Call 989-356-3585.


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