Western UP Health Department

Leading The Community Toward Better Health

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September 26 — WUPHD has confirmed that a Baraga County resident has died of complications surrounding COVID-19. The elderly person was an
inpatient at an Upper Peninsula hospital at the time of their death. To date, there have been 3 deaths related to the virus within the 5-county jurisdiction.

“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family and community who has lost their loved ones,” said Kate Beer, Health Officer at WUPHD. “This is a sad reminder of the danger that COVID-19 continues to impose on our friends and families. We must be more vigilant in our prevention efforts, especially for the safety of our elderly and vulnerable populations.”

WUPHD reminds people to avoid close contact with people who are not part of your household as even people with mild or no symptoms can spread the virus. Masking, washing hands, and maintaining a 6- foot distance are steps that you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

WUPHD is working to coordinate their response with federal, state, and local officials, as well as healthcare professionals, institutions, schools and community organizations.

There is a State informational hotline available from 8 AM EST to 5 PM EST 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 Centers for Disease Control website.