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Upper Peninsula COVID-19 rates look to be declining

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The medical director for four Upper Peninsula health departments says the region is doing well keeping COVID-19 rates down.

Dr. Robert Lorinser says the U.P. peaked on November 9 and rates have been declining since then, but he’s concerned about surges after the holiday season.

“It usually takes anywhere from, say five days to three weeks to see if there’s a surge or not," said Lorinser. "So far, so good.”  

Lorinser says by the end of this week the majority of health departments he’s associated with will be done or nearly done vaccinating health care workers and first responders. Those in long-term care facilities are getting vaccinated through a federal contract and also should be completed by the end of the week.