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Again, eight more infected

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

ALPENA — For the third day in a row, public health officials on Thursday reported eight newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including four Alpena County residents, one Presque Isle County resident, two Montmorency County residents, and one Alcona County resident.

State data showed that, as of Wednesday, 12,629 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, three people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection. None of those were in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 48% full.

As of Wednesday, 35 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.

As of Jan. 19, infection data for Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties includes both confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 infection. Alcona County data includes only confirmed cases.

Based on that data, 2,791 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 100 have died.

The last death was reported Monday.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

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