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Covid-19

State posts 35 new cases of COVID in Marinette County

Marinette County has 35 new confirmed COVID-19 positives to reach 315 cases, Wisconsin health officials reported this weekend on that state’s data site. For Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site showed 41 more positives among the 15 counties over the weekend: 13 in ...

Debate begins for who’s first in line for virus vaccine

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National ...

Michigan Tech students urged to donate to other students

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Tech University students want to help other students who didn’t qualify for federal financial help related to the coronavirus. Michigan Tech set up the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund months ago. The graduate student government organization now is pledging ...

Whitmer vetoes nursing home bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have let nursing homes house coronavirus-infected residents only in a separate building from where other residents live. In a letter to senators, the Democratic governor said she had ...

Catholics in UP required to wear masks at Mass

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting today, the region's Roman Catholic bishop said. "Though the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in limiting the spread of COVID-19 is still inconclusive, ...

Wisconsin GOP may move to kill mask order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Republicans “stand ready” to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday, the GOP Senate leader said Friday. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald stopped short of promising that the ...

Taverns get IM approval for outdoor customers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two downtown bars gained permission Friday to use city right-of-ways to offer outdoor service, following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that bans indoor service in an effort to curb the coronavirus. The city council’s action will allow patrons to be served outdoors at ...

COVID-19 case count climbs in Upper Peninsula

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan health data listed 20 new COVID-19 positives in the Upper Peninsula on Friday, including six new cases in Delta County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data site Friday also added five more cases in Marquette County, four in Gogebic County, ...

Guard assists Florence tests

FLORENCE, Wis. — On Monday, the Wisconsin National Guard assisted the Florence County Health Department in providing the community COVID-19 testing in Florence. Over the course of the testing day, 93 people were tested, with 76 of them being from Florence County. The results identified ...

Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials. But if the future looks encouraging, public ...

Gogebic, Marinette counties see COVID jump

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local health officials added another COVID-19 positive each in Dickinson and Iron counties Thursday, but the biggest jumps in cases in the region came in Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula and Marinette County in Wisconsin. Gogebic County’s count climbed by 14 on the ...

Wisconsin’s Iron County has state’s highest active virus infection rate

WAUSAU, Wis. — One of the most sparsely populated counties in Wisconsin now has the state’s highest rate of active COVID-19 infections. The steep infection curve in far-northern Iron County in July comes after four months when the county’s total number of infections was in the single ...

IM council to hear requests to have outdoor bar service

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain City Council will have a special meeting at 2 p.m. today to consider two right-of-way closure requests to accommodate outdoor bar service. Effective today, an executive order announced Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will tighten restrictions on social ...

Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders and some conservatives who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill the governor's "safer at ...

Iron County has its 16th COVID-19 positive case

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron County has another confirmed COVID-19 positive, local health officials posted Wednesday, while state data indicates Menominee County has topped 70 cases. According to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Dickinson County as of Wednesday had 42 confirmed ...

Large numbers of mail-in ballots could slow vote count Tuesday

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sharp increase in the number of people voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic could slow the counting of ballots in Michigan's August primary and the November general election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said during a media conference Wednesday. Benson ...

Whitmer tightens virus rules for UP, northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit's three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus. The new limits covering 32 northern counties in phase ...

Whitmer opposes forcing in-person classes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was unreceptive Tuesday to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor’s comments came ...

Michigan to phase in start of high school sports competition

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that competition can begin Aug. 19 and 21 for lower-risk sports like golf, tennis and cross country but held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus ...

Marinette COVID-19 positives up by 25 cases

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan health officials Tuesday reported two new COVID-19 positives in Iron and Menominee counties, while Wisconsin’s virus data site indicated neighboring Marinette County added 25 confirmed cases to push past 250 to date. According to the Dickinson-Iron District ...