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Covid-19

Senate: Send patients to new facilities, not nursing homes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have to create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who are not sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in nursing homes under Senate-passed legislation billed as an alternative to a state policy that has come under criticism from ...

Virus cases surging among the young, creating risk

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened — a disturbing generational shift that not only puts them in greater peril than many realize but poses an even bigger danger to older ...

Appeals court: Lower Michigan gyms remain closed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court late Wednesday halted a lower judge's ruling and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 decision, granted an ...

Dickinson County Fair canceled

The 2020 Dickinson County Fair, originally set for Sept. 3 through Labor Day on Sept. 7, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, fair officials announced on Facebook. “The Dickinson County Fair Board is working hard to put together a small event for the Labor Day weekend,” they added in ...

GOP proposes $1.3B plan to aid schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if ...

Third COVID-19 case reported in Florence County

Florence County has a third COVID-19 positive, public health officials confirmed. In a news release issued late this morning, the Florence County Health Department said the individual is in isolation and the case is unrelated to previous positives. The person also had no business or ...

Mudd Runs called off

AURORA, Wis. —The annual Aurora Mudd Runs will not take place this year, due to COVID-19, the Aurora-Homestead Rescue Squad said. “While our local exposure to COVID-19 has been limited, the event draws people from well outside our immediate area increasing the chances of infection being ...

New COVID-19 cases in Houghton, Marquette counties

Houghton County had two new COVID-19 positives Monday, while Marquette County added another case. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Monday showed Baraga and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Alger County two confirmed cases; Chippewa County ...

New virus cases in Marquette, Houghton counties

State health officials Sunday posted new COVID-19 positives in Marquette and Houghton counties. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Sunday showed Baraga and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Alger County two confirmed cases; Chippewa County ...

Drive-through COVID-19 testing Wednesday in Felch

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will provide COVID-19 drive-through testing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the North Dickinson County Elementary School, W6588 M-69 in Felch Township. Drive-through testing ...

Benson: Voters need clear choices of how to vote in pandemic

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s chief election officer said she is cautiously optimistic about preparations for the 2020 elections amid the coronavirus outbreak, emphasizing the state can avoid failures seen elsewhere by giving people clear choices of how to vote absentee or in ...

State lists new COVID-19 death in Wisconsin’s Forest County

Wisconsin health officials Saturday listed not only a new COVID-19 positive for Forest County but a third death as well. The Forest County Health Department on Friday had posted on its Facebook site that it had a 35th case, again linked to the outbreak at The Bay at Nu-Roc care facility in ...

New COVID cases reported in Wisconsin and the UP

Wisconsin counties in the region reported three more COVID-19 positives Friday, two in Marinette County and one in Forest County. In the Upper Peninsula, state health officials listed two more positives in Marquette County — its total of 61 cases is the most in the region — and one ...

Stimulus keeps DCHS on track

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System shows a positive bottom line of $3.35 million through the end of May, boosted by COVID-19 assistance. Stimulus income was recognized in May and is intended to offset ongoing operational shortfalls due to the lingering effects of the ...

Federal judge says Michigan gyms can reopen

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge threw down the yoga mat Friday and said gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week after finding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration had failed to show any rational link between the coronavirus threat and the shutdown. U.S. District Judge Paul ...

Summer recreation canceled

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools has decided to cancel all of its 2020 summer recreation programs. Current state guidelines and restrictions on gatherings, youth activities and social distancing create challenges in delivering quality programs safely, officials ...

Iron County has fourth COVID-19 positive case

Iron County has a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19, local health officials report. The new case earlier had been identified as being from Dickinson County. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department indicated Thursday it was a new positive in Iron County. The Michigan Department of ...

Virus emergency extended to July 16

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through July 16, enabling her to keep intact certain business closures, longer unemployment benefits and other changes after she previously lifted a stay-at-home order. The ...

State OKs $880M in pandemic spending

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday unanimously approved spending $880 million in federal relief aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic, setting aside funding for frontline workers, municipalities and child care providers. The bill would allocate more than a ...

Whitmer: K-12 schools can reopen; rules coming June 30

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that K-12 schools can reopen for in-person instruction as long as Michigan’s successful containment of the coronavirus doesn’t lapse, subject to safety rules she will announce June 30. Schools closed in March and ended the ...