Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Reports Testing Statistics

Hancock — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) cumulative COVID-19 testing statistics for the five-county jurisdiction. These statistics are current as of April 3, 2020.

WUPHD Baraga Gogebic Houghton Keweenaw Ontonagon Totals
Referred for Testing 21 50 92 9 12 184
Testing Canceled 1 1 9 2 2 15
Positive Result 0 3 1 0 0 4
Negative Result 12 37 50 5 7 111
Pending 8 9 32 2 3 54
Deaths 0 1 0 0 0 1

Canceled tests are those tests that a healthcare provider decided not to submit after other diagnostic procedures confirmed a different illness or a clinical decision was made to not test after a referral was already assigned to the system. Most canceled tests were done early on in the process. The process has improved and additional guidance is now available to all healthcare providers.

WUPHD will not be separately reporting cases other than the first positive in each county. Residents should behave as though the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community, including businesses and buildings that are open under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others.  Remember, the symptoms of COVID-19 are not your usual runny nose and sneezing.  Instead, COVID-19 symptoms include fever of >100.4, dry cough, and shortness of breath.  Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.  If you feel well, you do not need to be tested.  If you do become ill, call your doctor before going in to the office.  Testing will be determined based on a risk assessment.  

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  •            Stay home if they are sick
  •            Wash their hands frequently
  •            Avoid close contact with sick people
  •            Disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  •            Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands
  •            Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing

Additional information regarding the Novel Coronavirus may be found by visiting the following:

COVID-19 Exposure – What Should I Do?

Centers for Disease Control: Novel Coronavirus

Michigan’s Coronavirus Website

Coronavirus and You

How the Novel Coronavirus Spreads

What to do if you are Sick with the Coronavirus

FAQ’s About Respirators and Their Use

Coronavirus: What the Public Should Do

Coronavirus Information for Travelers

Information for Healthcare Professionals

EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus