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Covid-19

COVID cases rise in UP and northern Wisconsin

Michigan health officials Wednesday listed 21 new COVID-19 positives in the Upper Peninsula, while Wisconsin officials added the same number for three bordering counties. The U.P. as of Wednesday had eight new cases in Houghton County, five in Marquette and Delta counties, two in ...

Dane County official wants UW students ordered home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Executive Joe Parisi demanded Wednesday that the University of Wisconsin-Madison immediately send all undergraduates living on campus home in an attempt to contain the coronavirus. Colleges across the country have been grappling with outbreaks in recent ...

Florence reports another potential COVID exposure site

The Florence County Health Department advised Tuesday that more than two COVID-19 positives had been at the Roadhouse 139 in Long Lake, Wis., while contagious and asymptomatic from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26. “If you think you were exposed at the establishment during this time, stay home and ...

GOP offers ‘targeted’ virus aid, but Dems want more

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate prepared to vote this week on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it only has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the approximately $500 ...

Spike in virus cases at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 120 students last week reported positive results for the coronavirus — a “wake-up call to our community,” Michigan State University said Tuesday. The students, nearly all living off campus, had symptoms and were tested on campus or reported the ...

Houghton County sees spike in COVID-19 positives

Houghton County saw its number of COVID-19 positives jump by 41 during the Labor Day weekend, state and local health officials reported. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department attributed the spike to “an increase in Houghton County COVID-19 related to surveillance testing at Michigan ...

Houghton COVID-19 cases climb

Houghton County again led the Upper Peninsula in new COVID-19 positives Friday with 15, bringing its total to 96, according to Michigan health officials. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Friday also listed a second virus-related death for the county. The ...

Whitmer relaxes some other virus restrictions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and additional organized sports can resume if masks are worn — lifting some coronavirus restrictions that lasted longer in Michigan than in many states. The order, which takes ...

Houghton, Marquette counties lead UP in new cases

The counties with the two largest universities in the Upper Peninsula accounted for the biggest gains Thursday in number of new COVID-19 positives, according to figures from state and regional health officials. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data site Thursday had 10 ...

Dickinson County adds two more virus cases

Local health officials Wednesday reported two new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County for a total of 68. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also added two more recovered cases for the county on its Facebook page. The state’s COVID-19 data site Wednesday listed eight new ...

Whitmer: Gyms can reopen; sports can resume, but not advised

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and organized sports can resume, lifting some coronavirus restrictions that lasted longer in Michigan than in many other states. The order, which is effective next Wednesday, ...

Fall high school football season reinstated

EAST LANSING — The fall 2020 football season was reinstated today by the Michigan High School Athletic Association after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted restrictions that had prohibited play. The MHSAA today voted to allow for a shortened season this fall, reversing its Aug. 14 decision to ...

Virus exposure advisory issued by Florence health officials

FLORENCE, Wis. - The Florence County Health Department on Tuesday reported another possible COVID-19 exposure site, this time in Long Lake. Two people who have since tested positive were at Sach’s Rendezvous on Highway 139 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, before they experienced symptoms, ...

Task force recommends nursing home measures

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan should modify a system in which nursing home residents infected with the coronavirus can be treated and isolated in those facilities and take steps to improve life for all long-term care residents amid the pandemic, a task force urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a ...

State figures show 20 new coronavirus cases in UP

The state Monday recorded 20 new coronavirus positives in the Upper Peninsula, including three in Iron County. No update was available Monday from the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department to confirm the additional Iron County cases. The other new U.P. cases for Monday, according to the ...

Detroit turns island park into COVID-19 memorial

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit island park was transformed Monday into a drive-thru COVID-19 victims memorial. Hearses led processions around Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River, where more than 900 large photos of local coronavirus victims provided by relatives were turned into posters and ...

Houghton County has first virus death; state lists 28 new UP cases

State health officials listed 28 new COVID-19 positives in the Upper Peninsula this weekend, with Houghton County seeing its first death related to the virus. The person was elderly and an in-patient at a local hospital, according to the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. The WUPHD ...

Michigan virus cases top 100,000 since March

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday crossed the threshold of 100,000 cases of the coronavirus confirmed since March. Deaths related to COVID-19 reached 6,446 after six more were recorded, the state health department said. Most people usually recover from the virus. It can cause mild ...

Forest County issues COVID advisory

Michigan’s COVID-19 data site Friday listed seven new positives in Menominee County, two in Delta and Houghton counties and one each in Dickinson, Chippewa, Ontonagon and Mackinac counties. Across the border in Wisconsin, the Forest County Health Department was warning that anyone who ...

Detroit schools make deal with teachers to reopen classrooms

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit school district reached a deal to start the new year, capping classroom size at 20 students, offering extra pay to teachers and checking daily temperatures of kids and staff, officials said Friday. The deal occurred a week after members of the Detroit Federation of ...