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Covid-19

Virus side effect: Michigan jobless claims already top 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential remaining open. Whitmer said her ...

Whitmer: Hospitals ‘dangerously low’ on employee protection

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A field hospital at Detroit's downtown convention center could gets its first COVID-19 patients this week, officials said Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Detroit-area hospitals are running "dangerously low" on personal protection equipment. She also reported an ...

Medicare updates coverage to help during coronavirus crisis

WASHINGTON — Medicare and Medigap insurance carriers have announced that they are waiving coronavirus-related costs to help enrollees access treatment. The vast majority of Americans who are on Medicare are over the age of 65, and 12% of recipients are over the age of 85. These Americans ...

Florence County reports first, second COVID-19 cases

FLORENCE, Wis. — Health officials this weekend confirmed the first and second COVID-19 cases in Florence County. Both individuals are in isolation and no further information is being released to protect their privacy, said Annette Seibold, Florence County Health Department's health officer ...

Michigan lawmakers spar over emergency length, need to meet

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is ...

Coronavirus cases reach 34 in UP

The Upper Peninsula on Sunday reached 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with three deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Ontonagon County recorded its first case Sunday, joining Luce, Chippewa and Dickinson in having a single case in a resident so far, with ...

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 ...

Norlite resident becomes Marquette’s first virus-related death

MARQUETTE -- A resident of Norlite Nursing Center, where an employee earlier had tested positive for COVID-19, late Friday became the first death in Marquette County related to the virus. The man was in his 70s and had other health issues, Norlite Administrator Wayne Johnson told the Mining ...

Officials: Detroit approaching 4,000 COVID-19 cases

DETROIT (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Detroit is nearing 4,000 while 129 people have died from the disease, according to the city Health Department. Figures released Saturday showed positive infections rose by nearly 400 from Friday. The number of confirmed cases across ...

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ...

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 ...

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 ...