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May 26, 2020 – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is investigating two unrelated new positive COVID-19 cases in Houghton County. The first person recently traveled from another state to visit family. Local testing reports will list this case as a non-Michigan positive while
they recover in the area. The second person recently returned home after wintering in another state. WUPHD is currently conducting case investigations and will inform any close contacts about exposure risk.

“The ability of people to travel more and to gather in groups of 10 or less as we re-open brings increased risk of exposure,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD “We must continue to take safe steps to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.”

The following are tips for a safer gatherings:

  1. Keep it small. A gathering should be under 10 people.
  2. Meet outside.
  3. Stay at least six feet apart.
  4. Wash or sanitize hands often.
  5. Wear masks if possible.
  6. Do not share food, drinks, or other items. Have everyone bring their own snacks or serve food with single-use serving utensils.

Watch for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. People should seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, or bluish lips or face.

The State of Michigan is offering an informational hotline available from 8:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST seven days per week. That number is 1-888-535-6136. For additional information, please visit:


Centers for Disease Control