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Seven new infections reported

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

ALPENA — Public health officials on Friday reported seven newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including six Alpena County residents and one Presque Isle County resident.

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

Based on that data, 2,940 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 Friday, 19,213 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, one person was hospitalized in intensive care at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, according to state data. The hospital was 46% full.

As of Friday, 20 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 Feb. 18.

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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