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Six new virus positives as NE Michiganders continue to test

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

ALPENA — Six more Northeast Michiganders have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, after an average of 29 coronavirus tests per day were administered to Northeast Michiganders in the past week, according to state data.

An average of 50 Alpena County residents were tested each day for the past week, according to the state.

Public health officials on Tuesday reported six newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including four Alpena County residents and two Presque Isle County residents.

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

Based on that data, 2,914 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 Monday, 17,305 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, nobody was hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, according to state data. The hospital was 39% full.

As of Tuesday, 21 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 Thursday.

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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