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Officials report 40 new COVID-19 infections

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 40 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including 18 Alpena County residents, 11 Presque Isle County residents, five Montmorency County residents, and six Alcona County residents.

District Health Departments Nos. 2 and 4 did not update their data on Thursday. While data for DHD No. 2 appeared to be updated on Friday, the date on the report remained March 30.

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

Based on that data, 3,279 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 April 1, 38,329 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Thursday, six people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, including two in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 50% full.

As of Friday, 99 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.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.

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