CHEBOYGAN COUNTY — As of 2 p.m. on May 7, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in District Health Department Four's jurisdiction has not changed from the total of 121 in the four counties.


Cheboygan County is still holding steady at 19 cases, Presque Isle has 11 cases, Montmorency has five cases and Alpena County did not have an increase in cases, still sitting at 86. There are also 14 probable cases in the four counties and nine total deaths.


During this pandemic, the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is working with businesses and other local partners to make sure everyone's needs are being met. They are also making sure the businesses in Cheboygan have all the information and resources they need to safely reopen when the governor gives the all clear.


Each week, the chamber is having two calls, mid-week check-ins with local businesses, to see how everything is going and help educate the business owners on different topics. This week, there was discussion about safe opening strategies business owners need to follow to be safe when it comes time to reopen.


There are many tips, templates and resources that are available to businesses, through the chamber of commerce or through the State of Michigan. These can be found on the chamber's website, the state's website, or either of the health department's websites.


McLaren Northern Michigan continues to make sure they are offering the best care possible to both COVID-19 and non-coronavirus patients during this pandemic. The facility is now looking to the future, planning to provide the care that has been put on hold for many weeks because of the pandemic. A road map of sorts has been created to safely resume the time sensitive care of patients, which includes testing protocols at the hospitals and clinics, as well as increasing the safety measures in place for staff and patients, and prioritizing surgeries.


“At McLaren Northern Michigan we understand that safety is foremost in everyone’s minds during these unprecedented times,” said Andrew McDonagh, MD, chief medical officer of McLaren Northern Michigan. “The safety of our medical staff, employees, and patients is always our top priority. We want to assure the patients seeking care at our facilities, that they are being treated in a safe environment by personnel who are adhering to the most current safety precautions.”


McLaren Northern Michigan understands coronavirus will be in the community for some time into the future, so visitors, patients and staff will continue to be screened for the virus, specific areas to treat COVID-19 patients will be set up, patients will be tested prior to their procedures to find out if they are positive for the virus prior to their procedures, even if they aren't showing symptoms and seating will be limited in certain areas. The facilities will also be updating their cleaning procedures and improving on the personal protection equipment people are wearing.


The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is only reporting one additional case in their jurisdiction, bringing the total in the four counties they cover to 139. Otsego County had the one new case, bringing the total to 95 in that county, with Antrim County remaining at 10, Charlevoix County remaining at 13 and Emmet County remaining at 21. There are 35 probable cases of the virus spread out in those four counties, there have been 11 deaths, and there have been 72 people who have recovered from the virus in the four counties.


Throughout the state, as of the information released on May 7, there was an increase in the total number of cases of the virus in the state by 592 cases, bringing the total to 45,646 in the state. There were 93 additional deaths reported that have been linked to the virus, bringing that total to 4,343 deaths in the state.


The City of Detroit is reporting 9,566 cases of the virus, Wayne County has 8,101 cases, Oakland County has 7,624 cases, Macomb County has 5,876, Kent County has 2,076 cases and Genesee County has 1,731 cases. The Michigan Department of Corrections is reporting a total of 2,036 cases of the virus, with 50 total deaths. Federal Correctional Institutions in the state are also reporting 106 cases of the virus, with three total deaths.


The number of those who have recovered from the virus throughout the state is updated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services each week, on Saturday. This information can be found on the website, www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.