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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Western Upper Peninsula Health Department reports first Positive COVID-19 case in Keweenaw County, additional Houghton County case

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department released this testing report today, June 9, showing the first COVID-19 positive case in Keweenaw County and an additional positive case in Houghton County. Both are reported as asymptomatic. Click on image for larger version. (Report courtesy Western UP Health Department)

KEWEENAW COUNTY -- The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received notification today, June 9, of the first COVID-19 positive case in Keweenaw County. The asymptomatic case was found during preoperative testing protocols at an area hospital. The health Department continues to investigate the case. Close contacts include recent visitors from downstate. Additionally, the agency reports another asymptomatic positive for Houghton County today that is under investigation.

"We will be closely monitoring any individuals who may have had direct, personal contact with the identified cases, such as household contacts," said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. "Additional information will be provided if our investigation reveals any possible lower-risk community exposures. Case investigation and contact tracing are becoming even more important as stay at home orders are lifted."

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Prevention steps include the following:
• Clean your hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Wear a mask while in spaces occupied by the public.

WUPHD is working to coordinate their response with community partners. Additional information can be found on the department’s website at www.wuphd.org. There is a State informational hotline available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) seven days per week. That number is 1-888-535-6136. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the MDHHS website, or the CDC website.