The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department have an update on the current status of COVID 19 in the region. All counties in the area have held steady at substantial transmission, beside Gogebic County. As of the September 1st report, the region has seen one death in Houghton county, and 103 cases across the region during the previous week. Each county is above 50% vaccination status for adults with at least a single dose. Baraga County is the only one behind the rest of the area, with 47% of adults having received one of the COVID 19 vaccine doses.
COVID cases have risen since the report from August 25th, at the end of that reporting cycle the western Upper Peninsula had 84 cases and 1 death. In the most recent report WUPHD found that in the tri-county area of Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw counties a total of 42, 30 and 5 cases, respectively. Houghton County was the only county to record another death caused by COVID 19. The Health Department would like to remind the community that using multiple steps like wearing a mask, social distancing and getting vaccinated, can mitigate the risk of transmission throughout the area. And will help protect the most vulnerable people from contracting the virus.