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Five new Northeast Michiganders infected

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 five newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including three Alpena County residents and two Montmorency County residents.

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

Based on that data, 2,971 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 Thursday, 22,929 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, one person was hospitalized and in intensive care at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, according to state data. The hospital was 38% full.

As of Friday, 28 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 Monday.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

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