In collaboration with the Western U.P. Health Department and Emergency Operation Centers in Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Keweenaw County and Ontonagon County, Copper Country Strong Daily Briefs will be shared each weekday through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Updates from Western U.P. Health Department
- There was an error in the numbers sent out Friday. There was one new positive in Houghton County and one new recovery in Baraga County.
Updates from Gogebic County
- Gogebic County Emergency Operations Center personnel have distributed a large shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Ironwood Aspirus Hospital.
Updates from Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers
- Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department have coordinated efforts to provide a COVID-19 drive-through test site in Ontonagon on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ontonagon High School. The opportunity to be tested is available to all community members from the convenience of their vehicles.
Anyone wishing to be screened and preregistered for a COVID-19 test should call toll free number 844-947-4854 in advance to schedule a drive-through appointment. A representative will ask a few screening questions and callers will be asked to provide some personal information, including their consent for treatment, to complete the pre-registration process. Once received, an appointment for the drive-through test will be scheduled. Additionally, individuals will need to provide the color, make and model of their vehicle for identification purposes.
Drive through testing is only available to those who preregister in advance by calling toll free # 884-947-4854. Individuals participating in drive-through testing must present and remain in their vehicles during the appointment.
The COVID-19 test being used in this situation is a nasal cavity swab that only takes a few minutes to complete. Currently, test results are received in about a week. Drive-through testing will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please call toll free # 844-947-4854.
Other Statewide Updates
- In an effort to help safely reengage the economy and allow Michiganders to track potential COVID-19 symptoms, the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) have collaborated with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and College of Engineering to create the MI Symptoms Web Application.
Designed primarily for employers and employees, the online tool is also available to all Michigan residents. Users enter information daily to help identify symptoms that might be caused by the virus and to make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care. Local and state public health will also use the collective data to help identify the potential for new outbreaks of the disease.
Explore the new tool here, https://misymptomapp.state.mi.us/.
- Audio from Copper Country Today radio program - “From the Western U.P. Health Department, Dr. Robert Van Howe reviewed the current state of COVID-19 antibody testing available in the Copper Country, and Pete Baril explained the department’s contact tracing process”
- Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center Needs Your Help, via Keweenaw Report
- New COVID-19 Case In Houghton County, via Keweenaw Report
- Wifi hotspots offered throughout Copper Country, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Secretary Of State Branches Reopen (Today), via Keweenaw Report
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