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Covid-19

Legislature passes $4.2B in virus aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday approved a $4.2 billion coronavirus relief plan without a deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as majority Republicans pressed to curtail her administration’s pandemic powers and Democrats opposed a decision to not allocate all federal ...

Michigan expands vaccine eligibility

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Wednesday that everyone ages 50 to 64 can start getting COVID-19 vaccinations on March 22 and that those in that group with certain medical conditions can begin being immunized next week. It is the largest expansion of eligibility since Jan. 11, when ...

Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks Wednesday, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. At the same time, the White House and top Democrats ...

Wisconsin vaccine registry debuts with 1 county

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin launched an online registry Wednesday where people can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine if they are eligible and appointments are available near where they live, but so far only one health department is participating. The registry was supposed to ...

UP adds 17 virus cases, no deaths

The Upper Peninsula added 17 new confirmed COVID-19 positives Wednesday but no new deaths attributed to the virus, according to state health data. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 site Wednesday showed seven new confirmed cases in Gogebic County, three each in ...

Michigan to expand vaccine eligibility to those age 50 and up

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Wednesday that all people age 50 to 64 can start getting COVID-19 vaccinations March 22, while those in that group with medical conditions can begin being immunized next week. It is the largest expansion of eligibility since Jan. 11, when state ...

Michigan to loosen business limits

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the further loosening of Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions, easing capacity limits in restaurants and a host of other businesses while also allowing for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings. The revised state health ...

Biden vows enough US vaccine for all adults by end of May

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school ...

State data shows UP virus cases rise by only 10

The Upper Peninsula added a total of 10 new confirmed COVID-19 positives Tuesday, with no changes for Dickinson or Iron counties, according to state health data. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 site Tuesday showed six new cases in Marquette County, two each ...

Wisconsin supply of new vaccine to dip after next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Teachers will be prioritized to receive the first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine coming to Wisconsin next week, a bolster in supply that won’t be matched again for several weeks, the state’s deputy health ...

Voting deputies can return to Wisconsin nursing homes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials cleared the way Tuesday for special voting deputies to return to nursing homes ahead of the April 6 elections. Wisconsin law allows municipal clerks to send deputies into nursing homes to help residents complete absentee ballots. The state ...

Active virus cases shrink in Dickinson, Iron counties

Dickinson County is down to 36 active COVID-19 cases, while Iron County has only 14, according to local health officials. The Dickinson-Iron County Health Department on Monday reported six new cases in Dickinson County and 31 recoveries, while Iron County had two new positives and 14 ...

Wisconsin awaits new vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will receive 47,000 doses next week of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, an amount Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called a "game changer" in the state's fight against COVID-19. The news came the same day that teachers, child care ...

Michigan’s ex-health chief gets $155,000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon will receive more than $155,000 as part of a separation agreement, published reports revealed Monday. The agreement calls for Gordon to drop all claims against the state, though it ...

Few new COVID-19 cases in UP, area counties in Wisconsin

Upper Peninsula counties again showed very little COVID-19 activity Saturday, with state health data listing a total of only 10 new confirmed positives. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 site had four new cases in Delta and Houghton counties; two in Chippewa ...

Over 50% age 65 and older in Wisconsin have begun vaccines

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than half of Wisconsin residents age 65 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state is on track to begin vaccinating teachers, child care workers and other eligible groups as planned today. As of Friday, 521,354 people age 65 ...

More vaccinations to be set in Dickinson, Iron

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will accept new appointments next week for COVID-19 vaccinations for those within the Phase 1B Priority One and Two groups. The Phase 1B Priority One group includes those age 65 and older. The Phase 1B Priority Two group is first responders, ...

DCH hospital again has no virus patients

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Memorial Hospital currently has no COVID-19 patients as vaccination efforts continue and administrators point to a better financial picture than two years ago. “We haven’t had a (coronavirus) patient for a couple of weeks,” Sue Hadley, director of ...

Senate OKs $2B in virus aid, targets distribution of vaccine

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate moved Thursday to stop the state from distributing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to more vulnerable communities, saying race and socioeconomic status should not be factors. A Democrat said the provision, included in a $2 ...

Wisconsin teachers, child care workers to be eligible for vaccine Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Teachers at Wisconsin schools with a higher percentage of students at risk for catching the coronavirus will be prioritized for vaccinations when they become eligible next week, the deputy secretary of the state Department of Health Services said Thursday. Teachers ...