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23 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 23 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including eight Alpena County residents, seven Presque Isle County residents, one Montmorency County resident, and seven Alcona County residents.

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

Based on that data, 3,144 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 106 have died.

State data showed that, as of Thursday, 34,621 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, one person, not in intensive care, was hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, according to state data. The hospital was 50% full.

As of Friday, 78 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 March 19.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

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