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ESCANABA — The winter surge in COVID-19 activity in the region continues to recede, with local data Friday showing Menominee County had 11 confirmed positives in the past two days and Delta County just seven new cases.

Neither county had any new deaths attributed to the virus, according to the Delta and Menominee Counties Public Health website on Friday. Menominee County also had five probable virus cases and Delta County four probable since Wednesday.

As of Friday, the PHDM had Delta County at 7,836 confirmed positives, 2,040 probable cases and 153 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Menominee County has had 3,855 confirmed positives, 1,687 probables and 63 deaths. Deaths included confirmed and probable.

At the state level, figures released Friday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website showed 89 new confirmed positive cases in the Upper Peninsula since Wednesday: 34 in Marquette County; 13 in Houghton County; eight in Delta, Menominee and Chippewa counties; four in Schoolcraft County; three in Dickinson and Gogebic counties; two in the departments of Algiers and Baraga; and one each in Iron, Luce, Mackinac and Keweenaw counties. The state also listed no additional virus-related deaths for the region.

Using MDHHS figures alone, the Upper Peninsula had 50,596 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 795 deaths as of Friday.

Across UP, data site MDHHS counted Keweenaw County as of Friday with 451 confirmed and 53 probable cases, and 12 confirmed deaths and one probable death; Luce County, 646 confirmed and 757 probable cases, eight confirmed deaths and one probable death; Ontonagon County, 862 confirmed, 104 probable and 34 deaths, two probable; Algiers County, 1,028 confirmed, 658 probable and eight deaths, five probable; Schoolcraft County, 1,074 confirmed and 668 probable cases, 11 deaths and two probable; Mackinac County, 1,516 confirmed and 836 probable cases, 26 deaths and two probable; Baraga County, 1,696 confirmed cases, 316 probable and 51 deaths, including two probable; Iron County, 2,285 confirmed and 337 probable cases, 69 deaths and 14 probable; Gogebic County, 2,704 confirmed and 523 probable cases, 38 deaths and 29 probable; Chippewa County, 3,312 confirmed and 4,996 probable cases, and 78 deaths, 16 probable; Menominee County, 3,850 confirmed cases, 1,684 probable and 60 deaths, nine probable; Dickinson County, 4,962 confirmed and 2,376 probable cases, 85 deaths and 21 probable; Houghton County, 6,608 confirmed cases, 1,076 probable, 77 deaths and 11 probable; Delta County, 7,828 confirmed and 2,033 probable cases, 129 deaths and 24 probable; and Marquette County, 11,774 confirmed cases, 3,014 probable and 109 deaths, 10 probable. State figures may lag local reports or have other discrepancies.

As of Friday, MDHHS had 3,120 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan since Wednesday, an average of about 1,560 per day for the two-day period, for a year-to-date total of 2,054,891. As of Wednesday, the The state added 96 deaths attributed to the virus — 54 of which occurred earlier but were recently verified by a review of vital records — to reach 31,791.

The state releases new COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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