CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The county’s COVID-19 numbers are still seeing a steep rise, officials said, as the virus continues to claim lives and put people in the hospital.
On Wednesday, the Chippewa County Health Department reported that there have been 137 new cases, 184 recoveries, three deaths, 11 hospitalizations and 195 people the health department is actively monitoring since last week’s update. As far as cumulative numbers go, Chippewa County has had 2,023 confirmed cases, 2,870 probables, 4,200 recoveries and 65 deaths due to COVID-19.
At this time, 57.8% of county residents have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 53% are fully vaccinated.
As of Nov. 29, there is free public COVID-19 testing from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the E-Free Church – Sault Campus, located at 1901 John St. in the Sault. Testing is done inside the main floor lobby. Results are provided directly from Honu.
For December, Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools has reported 150 total individuals in quarantine, 16 student positives and one staff positive. St. Mary’s School has had one active case and 19 quarantines. Since Sept. 7, Rudyard Area Schools has reported a total of 105 positive cases of COVID-19 within its district. Tahquamenon Area Schools reported four new cases of COVID this week.
Pickford Public Schools, JKL Bahweting and Brimley Area Schools have not reported any new COVID-19 cases at their schools this week.
All War Memorial Hospital properties, with the exception of long-term care, are closed to visitors unless the patient meets certain criteria for an exception. To view these visitor restrictions, visit www.warmemorialhospital.org/patients-visitors/visiting-hours-policies.
The Chippewa County Health Department is hosting a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 21. COVID-19 pediatric vaccines are available for children ages five to 11 years old. Vaccinations are by appointment only. To reserve your spot, register at www.chippewahd.com/covid-tuesday.
While the omicron variant has been found in Michigan, it has not been found in Chippewa County at this time.
The Bay Mills Executive Council took action to extend its indoor mask mandate until Jan. 1.
“We are working closely with the Bay Mills Health Center to monitor data on the reservation and within Chippewa County, but have not yet seen data trends that support lifting indoor mask requirements,” said chairperson Whitney Gravelle in a public post on Facebook to the Bay Mills community. “In fact, as the months and weeks go by, the COVID-19 data in Chippewa County and the State of Michigan continues to get worse.”
The mandate applies to all citizens, employees, guests and visitors within the tribal government and tribal enterprise operations. This indoor mask mandate applies regardless of vaccination status. Right now, there are no other outside, gathering, capacity or social distancing restrictions.
If you would like a COVID-19 vaccine, schedule online at www.chippewahd.com or call (906) 635-3640.
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This article originally appeared on The Sault News: County continues to see over 100 COVID-19 cases per week