CHIPPEWA County, Michigan – Chippewa Health Department received notification on Thursday morning, November 12, 2020, of the first local deaths associated with COVID19. The individuals were an older male and an older female. Out of respect to the families, no further information will be released.
“Chippewa County Health Department extends our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones,” said Karen Senkus, Health Officer at CCHD. “This is a reminder of the seriousness of this virus, and that we must all work together to protect each other.”
This information comes on the heals of a report that the Mayor of Sault Ste Marie, Carmen Provenzano, has penned a request to Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for a three week time-out on many current exemptions allowing people to cross (i.e., students, etc.). Provenzano stressed that we should keep critical goods and services crossing between the two countries and added that health care personnel should also be allowed.
CCHD cannot stress enough the virus is here and, as we have seen, cases have grown exponentially. We continue to ask the community to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose, avoid gatherings with anyone outside your home, stay home when you are not well, to reduce the chance of more illness and death.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and Chippewahd.com.