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Covid-19

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 winter and spring seasons

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 winter and spring sports seasons, in compliance with the “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of ...

Few details provided on Dickinson COVID-19 death

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local health officials still have released few details on the death of Dickinson County’s first COVID-19 case. The man died Thursday evening, only a day after being confirmed as the county’s first resident case of the novel coronavirus. Friday, Dickinson County ...

Wisconsin official sees ‘glimmer of hope’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s chief medical officer for communicable diseases said Friday that data on coronavirus infections continues to show that the state is “flattening the curve.” Dr. Ryan Westergaard first said on Monday that there were positive signs with the slowing ...

Michigan’s confirmed cases soar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus — a fever, atypical cough or unusual shortness of breath —î should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms resolve. Her ...

Walmart to limit customers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walmart is announcing changes to its stores’ policies with the hope to encourage social distancing amongst its customers by limiting the number of people who can be in a store at one time. The new policy goes into effect today and will not allow any more than five ...

Dickinson County man positive for COVID-19 dies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s first resident COVID-19 case has become the Upper Peninsula’s second death connected with the virus. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department confirmed the man’s death Thursday evening but have provided no other details about the case out of ...

Cancellations and closings

— The Island Resort and Casino will be closed until further notice. Management will monitor the coronavirus status to determine how it could affect the golf season. — The Dickinson Area Golden K Club regular meetings every Monday morning have been cancelled until further notice. That ...

State orders Menominee businesses to cease, desist

Three Menominee County businesses have received cease-and-desist letters for staying open through Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “stay home” order. Michigan State Police troopers delivered the letters from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg to ...

Michigan virus cases clear 10K; peak still weeks away

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. “No one is immune from this virus,” Whitmer said during a news conference at ...

Governor closes Michigan schools for academic year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 1.5 million Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday. All public and private schools are more than halfway ...

Dickinson County has first resident coronavirus case

KINGSFORD — Dickinson County has its first presumptive COVID-19 case in a person who lives in the county, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. THE DIDHD was notified Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that an adult male had tested ...

Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary over the health threat from the new coronavirus, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ...

Democrats delay nominating convention until week of Aug. 17

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn't think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Convention CEO Joe Solmonese confirmed the ...

Michigan virus cases clear 10,000; peak still weeks away

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, which topped more than 10,000 cases and 417 deaths in the state Thursday. "No one is immune from this virus," Whitmer said during a news conference at the ...

Evers releases new virus proposals for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he’s taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the ...

Michigan implements unemployment aid

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, under the federal CARES Act, has signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment ...

Bay College donates supplies

ESCANABA — Bay College has donated a total of 150 boxes of gloves, 15 boxes of N95 masks, and eight cases of gowns to OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba and Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain. “We have excess classroom medical supplies now that our ...

DCHS has a second COVID case, again from out of county

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has reported a second positive COVID-19 case, again in a resident from outside the county. A specimen collected in Delta County came back positive, DCHS announced Tuesday. It was not clear whether this was the same woman reported Sunday as ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259 in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals, noting ...

Republicans support waiving unemployment waiting period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders said for the first time Wednesday that they support temporarily waiving a one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits as part of a state aid package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Assembly ...