Eastern U.P. officials urge caution, announce more testing sites as cases rise

MANISTIQUE — The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners and Luce Mackinac Alger Schoolcraft District Health Department have issued joint statements regarding COVID-19 and announced expanded testing availability.

From March 2020 to Aug. 1, Schoolcraft County had 460 cases of COVID and five deaths. In the last four months, Aug. 1 to Dec. 1, 2021, Schoolcraft has added 590 COVID cases and two additional deaths.

Paul Walker, chairman of the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners, and Nicholas Derusha, director and health officer for the LMAS District Health Department, are made the following statements:

“All of us on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners applaud the continued efforts of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and LMAS District Health Department to keep residents safe,” Walker said. “But they need all of us to work together to bring this COVID surge to an end.”

Derusha said: “We have more tools than we did one year ago to keep each other safe, but we need many more residents using these tools. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated or received your booster please do so. Wear your mask in indoor public spaces. Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed. Stay home if you are sick. We need everyone to work together to get these case numbers down and to help relieve the pressure on our healthcare system. Please help us keep each other healthy.”

Schoolcraft County continues to be in a state of emergency because of the ongoing COVID crisis. Walker added: “We need all residents to practice all the mitigation protocols to take the pressure off local health care systems and to protect the health of all who live in our area.”

Schoolcraft County, LMAS District Health Department, and the Michigan National Guard are expanding COVID testing availability.

On Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, testing will be available at the Schoolcraft County Building – DHS entrance. Parking spaces will be designated in front of the courthouse for those wanting to be tested. Remain in your vehicle and the Guard will come to your car to provide the testing.

The Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 testing times will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. An additional testing day is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m on Dec. 15.


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