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Covid-19

Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary over the health threat from the new coronavirus, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ...

Democrats delay nominating convention until week of Aug. 17

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn't think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Convention CEO Joe Solmonese confirmed the ...

Michigan virus cases clear 10,000; 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 the ...

Evers releases new virus proposals for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he’s taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the ...

Michigan implements unemployment aid

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, under the federal CARES Act, has signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment ...

Bay College donates supplies

ESCANABA — Bay College has donated a total of 150 boxes of gloves, 15 boxes of N95 masks, and eight cases of gowns to OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba and Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain. “We have excess classroom medical supplies now that our ...

DCHS has a second COVID case, again from out of county

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has reported a second positive COVID-19 case, again in a resident from outside the county. A specimen collected in Delta County came back positive, DCHS announced Tuesday. It was not clear whether this was the same woman reported Sunday as ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259 in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals, noting ...

Republicans support waiving unemployment waiting period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders said for the first time Wednesday that they support temporarily waiving a one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits as part of a state aid package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Assembly ...

Michigan virus cases top 9,300; new ventilators put to work

DETROIT (AP) — The number of Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19 crept toward 10,000 on Wednesday — one of the highest totals in the U.S. — while the state said hundreds of ventilators from the federal government would be quickly put into service, especially in hard-hit ...

Evers requests federal disaster declaration for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state opened voluntary isolation centers, unemployment claims hit a daily high and the state’s health secretary warned ...

Information provided on Michigan’s small business relief program

MARQUETTE — As announced earlier this month, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has created the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, which includes $10 million of grant funding to be provided to eligible businesses throughout the state. The Upper Peninsula was awarded $500,000 ...

Iron Mountain VA offers call-in veteran support group

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is offering a daily call-in support group to all veterans. The purpose of the call is to give veterans an opportunity to gain support and stay connected during this unprecedented time. You do not need to be enrolled in VA health care ...

Insurance, financial call center offers assistance

LANSING — The Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced that its call center continues regular operations and remains prepared to assist Michigan consumers with their insurance and financial services concerns, especially those individuals impacted by coronavirus ...

Whitmer OKs $150M to fight virus

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed onto a $150 million funding package to fight the coronavirus pandemic while vetoing $167 million she said should be saved as Michigan confronts what are expected to be plummeting tax revenues amid the pandemic’s economic ...

Mackinac County has first case of coronavirus

Mackinac County is the latest in the Upper Peninsula to have a COVID-19 case. The person is an adult with a history of recent domestic travel, according to the Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department. The LMAS District Health Department was notified Monday of the ...

Michigan officials plead for ventilators, people to run them

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan desperately needs thousands of ventilators to treat victims of the coronavirus and more health care workers willing to pitch in during the crisis, state officials said Monday. TCF Center in downtown Detroit soon will be turned into a 900-bed field hospital for ...

Wisconsin to open field hospitals as virus cases climb

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is preparing to open field hospitals and voluntary isolation centers in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients, with cases expected to peak in another week or more, Gov. Tony Evers and state health leaders said Monday. “We are headed into the worst of ...

Trump extends virus guidelines, steels country for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding ...

Whitmer announces expanded benefits for unemployed due to virus

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs in Michigan that broaden who qualifies for unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 situation. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of ...