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COVID variant spreads, free tests available

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Nicole Walton

MARQUETTE, MI— Omicron continues to spread in the Upper Peninsula.

The COVID variant has now been identified in Iron, Dickinson and Chippewa counties. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department says Dickinson County has had 949 reported cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of January. An average of 56 cases are reported each day.

More than 800 cases have been reported in Chippewa County since January 1.

Due to a large increase in COVID cases The Marquette County Health Department is moving away from individual investigations to focus on outbreaks and infection prevention. It will only be using the electronic Patient Education Genius to notify those who test positive and have signed up for PEG.

But testing for the virus at home has become easier. You can now order one set of four free, at-home antigen tests through the U.S. Postal Service. More information is at www.special.usps.com/testkits.