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First one-week stretch without virus-related deaths since November

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

ALPENA ― Thursday marked the first time since early November that Northeast Michigan has gone a week without a reported coronavirus-related death.

Meanwhile, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, which one week ago reported no patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection, now has one infected patient, who is in intensive care. The hospital is 46% full.

Public health officials on Thursday reported 10 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including three Alpena County residents, four Presque Isle County residents, one Montmorency County resident, and two Alcona County residents.

No new deaths were reported. The last death, of a Presque Isle County resident, was reported Feb. 18.

The last one-week stretch with no reported deaths linked to COVID-19 ended Nov. 10, when the region reported its 19th death, according to state data.

As of Thursday, 103 Northeast Michiganders have died after being infected with COVID-19, including 45 Alpena County residents, 26 Presque Isle County residents, 15 Montmorency County residents, and 17 Alcona County residents.

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

Based on that data, 2,933 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March.

State data showed that, as of Wednesday, 17,947 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, 19 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.

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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