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Covid-19

Virus cases spike in UP; Florence County has first death

IRON MOUNTAIN — Federal CARES Act funding is keeping the city’s budget on track, although the long-range financial impact of the pandemic remains to be seen, Iron Mountain City Manager Jordan Stanchina said Monday. “There is a little good news,” Stanchina told the city council, noting ...

Federal judge extends deadline for Wisconsin ballots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The highly anticipated ruling, unless overturned, means that the outcome of ...

Double-digit virus gains in Marinette, Forest, Vilas counties

Several Wisconsin counties in the region posted double-digit rises in coronavirus cases over the weekend, according to the state’s data site. Marinette County gained 25 new positives to reach 732, Forest County added 18 cases and Vilas County had another 11 confirmed, according to the ...

First COVID-19 death in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County has its first death from COVID-19 complications, health officials announced Monday. No further information on the death was released "to protect the privacy of the individual and family," the Florence County Health Department stated in its news ...

Officials raise flag over spike in virus cases

Local health officials Friday warned about the recent spike in COVID-19 positives in Dickinson and Iron counties. Since the start of September, Dickinson County’s count has risen by 27 confirmed cases and Iron County by 30, according to figures posted over the month on the Dickinson-Iron ...

Teacher dies of COVID-19

SUAMICO, Wis. (AP) — A high school teacher in northeastern Wisconsin has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Officials with the Howard-Suamico School District sent a letter to its students’ families notifying them that Heidi Hussli had died on Thursday. The letter said the Bay ...

COVID-19 cases in UP, Wisconsin continue surge up

Local health officials Thursday reported at least four new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted the four new cases on its Facebook page, though its total of 88 confirmed to have contracted the virus represented a jump of five compared ...

Whitmer: Mask order applies to Big Ten

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said Thursday her requirement that athletes wear masks applies to Big Ten football in Michigan, but a face shield will suffice for players and the administration is open to potentially changing the order. Her office said it will talk ...

New virus cases in Iron, Dickinson counties

Local public health staff Wednesday added five new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County and six more in Iron County, while Menominee County reported its first coronavirus-related death. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department’s totals of 83 confirmed cases in Dickinson County and 54 ...

Court: Mass mailing of ballot applications OK

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of 2020 voters was deemed legal by Michigan’s appeals court, which ruled Wednesday she had “inherent” authority to act under a 2018 constitutional amendment ...

Official defends nursing home virus policy

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top health official on Wednesday defended Michigan’s handling of nursing home residents infected with the coronavirus, contending its performance has been “strong” compared with other states and again dismissing critical Republicans’ call for facilities that ...

Two more COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County

Local health officials Tuesday reported two new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County, raising its total to 78 cases. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also added a new probable case for Iron County. In Wisconsin, Forest County now leads the state in its case rate, or ...

Evers: UW reopening was right call despite virus surge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials made the right decision to reopen the campus even though there’s been a surge of COVID-19 cases among students and university employees, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. The state’s flagship university reopened Sept. 2 after ...

Possible COVID-19 exposure site identified in IM

Local health officials Monday advised of a possible COVID-19 exposure at Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar in Iron Mountain from Sept. 5 through Saturday. Those who were at the restaurant at 1340 Carpenter Ave. during that period may be at higher risk for contracting if larger crowds were ...

Possible COVID-19 exposure site identified in IM

Local health officials Monday advised of a possible COVID-19 exposure at Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar in Iron Mountain from Sept. 5 through Saturday. Those who were at the restaurant at 1340 Carpenter Ave. during that period may be at higher risk for contracting if larger crowds were ...

COVID-19 cases climb in region’s Wisconsin counties

Wisconsin counties in the region are seeing a surge in recent coronavirus activity, according to that state’s COVID-19 data site Sunday. Over the weekend, the state Department of Health Services listed 25 new cases in Forest County, 14 in Marinette County, eight in Florence County, six in ...

Petition drive tops 400K signatures to withdraw Whitmer’s virus powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court. But she may be unable to stop a Republican maneuver that would rescind a 75-year-old law that has enabled her to ...

Five new COVID-19 positives in Iron County

The number of COVID-19 positives continued to climb Friday in Iron County, with five new cases to reach 44 confirmed, according to local health officials. Dickinson County also added three positives for a total of 74, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department reported Friday afternoon on ...

Two more virus positives in Iron County

Local health officials reported two more COVID-19 positives in Iron County on Thursday for seven new cases in a week’s time. Iron County now has 39 confirmed cases of the virus, plus three probable cases, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. Of those, 23 are still ...

Whitmer: Trump is ‘biggest threat’ to America, cost lives

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday sharply criticized President Donald Trump following revelations that he had purposely downplayed the deadly coronavirus, calling it “devastating” news and Trump the “biggest threat” to Americans. Whitmer, a Democrat ...