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ALPENA – In the past week, public health officials have reported 270 newly infected or likely infected Northeastern Michigans and the deaths of nine infected individuals.

Since February, health officials in northeast Michigan have reported confirmed and probable infections as a single number. A person counts as a probable infection if they have been exposed to a confirmed infected person and show symptoms but have not been tested themselves – such as relatives of infected people.

Public health agencies in northeast Michigan have stopped reporting the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but based on federal definitions that believe a person living 30 days after infection has recovered from the disease, estimates The News said 2,583 Northeast Michiganers were actively infected — and potentially contagious — on Wednesday.

A week ago, 2,313 residents were actively infected.

According to state data, 58% of Alpena County residents aged 16 or older had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Public health experts have said we could consider the coronavirus pandemic once 70% of the population is vaccinated.

The state says 62% of Presque Isle County residents, 57% of Montmorency County residents, and 59% of Alcona County residents are fully vaccinated.

State data shows that vaccination rates are lower than last week’s. The state does not explain this discrepancy.

Other Key COVID-19 Stats in Northeast Michigan:

∫ On Monday, 22 COVID-19 patients were admitted to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, including one in intensive care. The hospital was 52% full. State officials are closely monitoring hospital occupancy rates to decide whether to impose new restrictions designed to slow the spread of infection.

∫ Since the start of the pandemic in mid-March 2020, public health officials have reported 7,281 infected or likely infected Northeastern Michigans and 181 related deaths.

VACCINES

NOTE: The graph shows the percentage of Northeastern Michigans aged 16 and over who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, meaning they have either doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine got. The “target” line above indicates that many public health experts say we could consider the coronavirus pandemic “over” once 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

INFECTIONS, RECOVERY AND DEATH

NOTE: Public health authorities in Northeast Michigan have reported confirmed and probable infections as one number as of February 18, 2021. A probable infection includes a person who has been in close contact with an infected person and shows symptoms, but who had not tested themselves, such as a person living with a confirmed infected person.

Those agencies also stopped tracking recovery after vaccine rollouts began in earnest in early 2021. The recovery rate represents a News estimate based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of “recovered” as an infected person who is still alive 30 days after infection.

ACTIVE CASES

NOTE: “Active Cases” is a News estimate of the number of currently infected — and potentially contagious — Northeastern Michigans representing cumulative cases minus recoveries and deaths.

OCCUPANCY OF THE HOSPITAL

NOTE: One of the primary goals of state-imposed coronavirus restrictions has been to prevent hospitals from being overrun with COVID-19-infected patients, so hospital occupancy is an important metric state officials use when deciding whether new restrictions are needed.

TIMELINE: THE FIRST YEAR

Click through the interactive timeline below to see how the coronavirus spread through northeast Michigan in its first year.

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