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Alpena hospital has no infected patients

ALPENA — No COVID-19 patients are hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, according to data released by the state on Thursday.

For the first time since The News began tracking state hospital data in November, the Alpena hospital has no infected patients, the state reported. As of Thursday, the hospital was 39% full.

The hospital reached a high of 22 COVID-19 patients on Dec. 3, six of whom were in intensive care. According to data released by the state, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena averaged 17 patients per day in December and eight patients per day in January.

As of Thursday, 15 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.

Meanwhile, just shy of 15,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northeast Michigan, and one more Presque Isle County resident has died after being infected with the coronavirus, health officials reported.

Public health officials on Thursday also reported two newly infected Montmorency County residents.

District Health Department No. 2, which serves Alcona County, on Thursday adjusted its online reporting format, combining confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 into one number.

The number of Alcona County cases on Thursday jumped by 80 since the last time data was updated, on Feb. 12. According to health officials, all 80 were probable cases, which may include people who have taken a rapid test with positive results.

Health officials have combined confirmed and probable cases for Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties since Jan. 19.

Based on data from local health officials, 2,894 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 103 have died.

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.

Julie Riddle can be reached at 989-358-5693, jriddle@thealpenanews.com or on Twitter @jriddleX.

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