The latest COVID-19 surge continues to push diagnoses up in the Copper Country, although numbers remain far below where they were early this year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 82 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties in the past week. That’s 41 percent higher than the previous week. Fifty-seven of the new cases were in Houghton County.
Statewide, though, the surge may be peaking. After five straight weeks of increases of 30 percent or more, cases rose just eight percent last week. An average of nine people per day died from COVID-19 complications.
Officials continue to note that the actual number of COVID-19 cases could be significantly higher. Home test results are typically not reported. Mild cases may go unrecognized.