In collaboration with the Western U.P. Health Department and Emergency Operation Centers in Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Keweenaw County and Ontonagon County, Copper Country Strong Briefs will be shared regularly through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, they are released on Mondays and Thursdays.
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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Update on Gogebic and Ontonagon county schools
The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is recommending that all Gogebic and Ontonagon County Schools pivot to remote instruction beginning Monday, October 26. Remote instruction will continue for a two-week period with in-person sessions resuming Monday, November 9. The move is necessary to help reduce the rate of COVID-19 spreading within the community. All co-curricular events, including practices, will be suspended during this period. Students and families can maintain access to food service through their local district.
WUPHD points to a sustained increase in positive cases over the last three weeks as the major reason for asking the schools to make the temporary suspension of in-person classes.
Individual districts will be communicating additional information with their students and families regarding this move to remote instruction.
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 26
The previous update was Thursday, October 22 at 8 p.m. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- TOTAL: 97 more positives, 21 more probable positives, 130 more recoveries and 3 deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: 7 more positives, 1 less probable positives and 11 more recoveries
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 46 more positives, 9 more probable positives, 10 more recoveries and 3 deaths
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 30 more positives, 4 more probable positives, 107 more recoveries
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: One more positive, 2 more recoveries
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: 13 more positives, 9 more probable positive
Spread Hope Not COVID Updates
The 'Spread Hope, Not COVID' coalition is aiming to to unite Michigan towards our shared goal of safely reopening our state. In the latest newsletter there is Sample Halloween messaging for keeping safe in Michigan, a link to Halloween2020.org for determining local risk levels within your community, and sample college football and tailgating safely messaging. Read the full newsletter here, https://mailchi.mp/5a54e3dc1841/test-spread-hope-coalition-newsletter-4003982?e=6cbd1da22d.
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