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Health officials report eight new infections

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

ALPENA — Public health officials on Monday reported eight newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including four Alpena County residents, two Presque Isle County residents and two Alcona County residents. No new infections were reported for Montmorency County on Monday.

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

Based on that data, 2,979 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 104 have died.

State data showed that, as of Sunday, 23,986 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Monday, three people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, including two in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 38% full.

As of Monday, 32 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 on March 1.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

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