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- Copper Country Strong Daily Briefings are going to be moved down to only Thursdays unless the Western U.P. Health Department has a positive COVID-19 case to report.
Updates from Western U.P. Health Department
- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) announces that it will discontinue the current reporting format for COVID-19 testing numbers in the five-county jurisdiction. WUPHD currently reports out based upon information entered into the Michigan Disease Surveillance System or MDSS.
“As community testing has increased, the current reporting system is no longer an accurate representation of the total testing being conducted in the area,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “Testing is now done by numerous entities using different reporting platforms. Individuals may be tested multiple times and at different locations. We need to change our reporting to what makes sense for monitoring the virus in our population.”
Beginning this week, the WUPHD will utilize the State of Michigan’s MI Safe Start Map, found at www.mistartmap.info, as their primary reporting system for testing statistics. “We will continue to report out individual county level positives, recoveries, and any deaths as they occur and as a weekly summary each Thursday,” said Beer.
Updates from Baraga County
- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) announces that it has partnered with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), Michigan’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and the Michigan National Guard (MING) to provide a free community-wide COVID-19 test site. The event will be held this Friday, June 19, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Niiwin Akeaa Center parking lot, located at 111 Beartown Road in Baraga, behind the Ojibwa Casino.
“This will be a great opportunity for the entire community to access testing at no charge,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “We have been very fortunate to be able to work with these partners to bring this event to our area.”
The drive-through testing is available to anyone age 18 and over and no prior doctor visit or appointment is necessary. Participants must bring a driver’s license or a photo I.D. to register.
- Ontonagon community and hospital helping keep COVID-19 cases away, via CBS 3
- Hurley Committee to look at school opening, via Daily Globe
- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Changes Reporting Format For COVID-19, via Keweenaw Report
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