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Covid-19

Iron County has second COVID-19 case

Iron County has a second presumptive positive COVID-19 case, area health officials confirmed this morning. The man with the coronavirus is not related to the first case reported earlier in the week, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. The department will work to notify ...

Whitmer: Salons, gyms, theaters can open Wednesday in northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places like gyms and movie theaters that were shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus can restart in northern ...

Little change in COVID-19 numbers in UP

The only change in the COVID-19 numbers for the Upper Peninsula on Wednesday was the state reducing the deaths in Marquette County by one. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Wednesday afternoon, Iron and Baraga counties had one virus case; Chippewa ...

Panel OKs $1.2B virus bill; hospital visitation rules relaxed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened. The state, meanwhile, relaxed rules so ...

High court won’t bypass in GOP challenge to virus orders

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's school superintendent said Thursday that K-12 districts are confronting the possibility of staggering spending cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress helps fill a nearly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall over this budget year and next. A divided ...

No changes in region’s COVID-19 numbers

Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin counties in the region held steady Tuesday on COVID-19 numbers, with no new cases reported. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Tuesday afternoon, Iron and Baraga counties had one virus case; Chippewa County two cases; Luce ...

VA moves forward with reintroduction of services

IRON MOUNTAIN —Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is working on a plan to reintroduce health care services as VA starts reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns. The facility began Tuesday expanding some services. “The safety of veterans and staff is the highest priority when we consider how ...

Whitmer — Supply issues hinder testing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Congress Tuesday that Michigan still lacks enough supplies to fully ramp up testing for the coronavirus and said it is difficult to determine what the U.S. government is shipping. Frustrated hairdressers, meanwhile, said during a legislative ...

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

CHICAGO (AP) — In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across ...

Whitmer lifts Michigan’s stay-at-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor ...

Whitmer to Congress: Supply issues still undermine testing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Congress Tuesday that Michigan still lacks enough supplies to fully ramp up testing for the coronavirus and said it is difficult to determine what the U.S. government is shipping. She said while the state is appreciative for the federal ...

Iron County has first case of COVID-19

Iron County has its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case, local health officials announced Monday. The adult male has been quarantined, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department stated in a news release. Those who have been identified as a close contact are being notified. According ...

States look to reopen with summer at hand

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

New virus deaths in Marquette, Forest counties

State health officials this weekend added two new COVID-19 cases and a new death in Marquette County. In Wisconsin, Forest County’s total also continues to climb, with now 29 cases and a second death. The Forest County Health Department posted the new death Saturday but provided no other ...

Vaccination rates drop, concerning health officials

DETROIT (AP) — Public health officials worry future outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases could emerge in Michigan as vaccination rates have dramatically fallen during the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccination rates for children 18 and younger fell by more than 20%, according to a study ...

State reports another COVID-19 death in Marquette County

Marquette County has both a new COVID-19 case and a new death attributed to the virus, according to state health officials. Houghton County also added a new case under the daily tally posted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The MDHHS data site Saturday listed Baraga ...

Whitmer hints at more reopening of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) —î Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted Friday that she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. She did not specify when she may act, alluding to an announcement on ...

Forest County COVID cases continue to climb

The only new COVID-19 cases health officials reported in the region Friday both came in Wisconsin’s Forest County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site Friday listed 28 people testing positive for the virus in Forest County, up two from what the state listed ...

Local judge signs order shutting down defiant barber

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday followed the orders of the Michigan appeals court and told a barber to immediately lock his shop for violating business restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Karl Manke has boldly thumbed his nose at state regulators and declared that he has a ...

Iron, Florence fairs canceled

County fairs will not be held this year in Iron County or in Florence County, Wis. Carrie Nelson, Iron County Fair Association manager, said the Iron County Market Animal Club is continuing with plans to have its animal auction on Aug. 7, with details to be announced. Also, O’Claire ...