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First COVID-19 Variant Positive Case Confirmed in Upper Peninsula (Marquette County)

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Next week marks the one year anniversary of when the state of Michigan was put into a ‘stay home, stay safe’ order due to rising numbers of cases and death tolls from the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

However today, the Upper Peninsula has its reported (and confirmed) COVID-19 variant case in Marquette County, via a Facebook post from WLUC TV6.

The Marquette County Heath Department (MCHD) said that the B.1.1.7 variant case of concerning because it could be lead to a 50% faster spread which could lead to probable increases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Once the variant is detected or identified, MCHD urges in their statements that additional measures must be performed in order to slow the spread within a specific area.

As of Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the state of Michigan has over 612,000 Coronavirus cases and over 15,000 deaths linked to the virus dated back to last year.

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