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Northeast Michigan tops 20K vaccine doses given; 1 new death reported

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

ALPENA — As of Sunday, more than 20,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been given in Northeast Michigan counties, according to the most current state data available today.

That includes 10,107 doses in Alpena County, 4,399 in Presque Isle County, 2,947 in Montmorency County, and 3,255 doses in Alcona County.

Officials from District Health Department No. 4 also announced today that one more Alpena County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19.

So far, 46 residents from Alpena County have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Public health officials today reported nine newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including two Alpena County residents, four Presque Isle County residents, two Montmorency County residents, and one Alcona County resident.

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

Based on that data, 2,949 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, 20,708 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Monday, two people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection. Neither of them were in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 47% full.

As of Monday, 27 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.

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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