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Covid-19

COVID variant in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The first reported U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant that's been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday, adding urgency to efforts to vaccinate Americans. The variant was found in a man in his 20s who is in isolation ...

About 71,000 in Michigan receive vaccine

About 71,000 people have received the first of two rounds of coronavirus vaccinations in Michigan, where more than 483,000 virus cases have been confirmed. Doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been distributed to hospitals, local health departments and tribal health clinics. On ...

Evers administration plans to simplify unemployment claims

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' administration plans to clarify questions on unemployment benefit applications starting this spring as it wrestles with a massive backlog of unprocessed claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Workforce Development announced ...

Whitmer signs $106M COVID relief plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a $106 million plan Tuesday that will provide relief to businesses and fund efforts to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus. Though the plan was a collaborative effort between the governor and the legislature, Whitmer told ...

New virus death, 118 recoveries in Dickinson County

Dickinson County has a new death related to COVID-19 but also 118 cases now considered recovered from the virus as of Monday afternoon, local health officials reported. Dickinson County has had 29 more confirmed COVID-19 positives since local figures last were updated Wednesday before the ...

Trump signs measure for virus relief, also funding government

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown. The massive ...

State: 23 new COVID cases in Dickinson

State health officials Saturday indicated 23 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County since it last provided new figures Wednesday. Across the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus data site Saturday had 140 new confirmed coronavirus ...

Fate of COVID relief bill in limbo as unemployment benefits expire for millions

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet lapsed overnight as President Donald Trump refused to sign an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections. The fate of ...

MHSAA: Football practice may resume Monday, rapid testing begins Wednesday

LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Saturday night that football practice may resume Monday. In addition, the MHSAA announced that the concluding rounds of the postseason tournaments in football, girls volleyball and girls swimming and diving will all be ...

Three new virus deaths reported in Marinette County

Marinette County has had three new virus-related deaths, Wisconsin health officials reported Thursday. For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state’s COVID-19 data site for Thursday and Friday also listed 21 new confirmed cases in Marinette County, 17 in Vilas County, eight in Forest ...

Michigan spent $136M on PPE early in pandemic

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan spent $136.6 million on masks, gloves and other gear during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, when officials were racing against time — and other states — to protect medical personnel and other essential workers, an Associated Press ...

PPE cost in Wisconsin at least $99M

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin spent at least $99 million on personal protective gear and medical equipment such as ventilators during the chaotic early months of the coronavirus pandemic, with almost all the money going to out-of-state suppliers, an Associated Press analysis shows. The AP ...

Green Bay testing resumes Jan. 4

Green Bay, Wis. — Free, rapid COVID-19 drive-up testing will continue at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Weidner Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Jan. 4, while testing supplies last. The testing site has been popular, with 350 to 400 tests administered ...

Local virus numbers continue to level off

The rise in COVID-19 positives in Dickinson and Iron counties continues to slow, with seven and one new case respectively Wednesday, according to local health officials reports. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department on Wednesday listed Dickinson County at 1,948 confirmed positives and ...

State scientist: Michigan virus numbers looking better

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s rate of new COVID-19 cases has been dropping for more than 29 days, a state scientist reported Wednesday. “It will be important during this holiday season, as well, and New Year’s Eve, to ensure we’re maintaining that social distancing. That will be ...

DIDHD provides timeline on COVID vaccine rollout in UP

Many are wondering when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to them. The COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed to many provider organizations across Michigan and continues to be distributed and received as supply allows. Your local public health department encourages all citizens age 16 ...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none set at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. How many people can you share a Christmas meal with? France recommends no more than six, in Chile it’s 15, and in Brazil it’s as many as you ...

Wisconsin records 2,579 more COVID-19 cases, 69 more deaths

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials on Wednesday confirmed hundreds of new COVID-19 cases and deaths connected to the disease. The Department of Health Services reported 2,579 newly confirmed cases. The state has now seen 463,594 cases since the pandemic began in March. The ...

Dickinson-Iron priority group survey launched for COVID vaccine

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is planning the distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on who will receive the vaccine and when. At this time the health department is only gathering information on ...

Dickinson reports two virus deaths

Local health officials Tuesday reported two new deaths in Dickinson County attributed to COVID-19, even as the number of new confirmed positives continues to appear in decline. Dickinson County on Tuesday added seven new confirmed virus positives along with 48 recoveries. Iron County had ...