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Five more residents infected; no new deaths reported

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

ALPENA — For the fourth consecutive day, health officials in Northeast Michigan announced no new confirmed death to residents infected with COVID-19.

The total number of residents in northeast Michigan who have died while being infected with the virus remains at 100.

Public health officials on Friday, reported five newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including one Alpena County resident, two Presque Isle County residents, and two Alcona County residents. There were no new confirmed infections to residents in Montmorency County.

State data showed that, as of Friday, 1,374 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Friday, three people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, none in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 46% full.

As of Friday, 26 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, 2,796 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.

Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989-358-5689 at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ss_alpenanews.com.

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