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Covid-19

DCHS has another COVID-19 positive for Dickinson County

Dickinson County Healthcare System has had a fourth county resident test positive for COVID-19 at its facilities. The new case was posted Wednesday on DCHS’s “Local COVID-19 Updates” page. No further details were provided. The state’s data site did add a probable case to the county’s ...

Little change in COVID-19 numbers in region

The only change in COVID-19 numbers in the Upper Peninsula on Tuesday was a new probable case in Chippewa County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday had Baraga, Alger and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Chippewa County two confirmed cases and ...

States: No new COVID-19 cases in region

No new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday either in the Upper Peninsula or Wisconsin counties in the region. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday had Baraga, Alger and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Chippewa County two confirmed cases and one ...

Nursing homes in Michigan ordered to test

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s health department on Monday mandated coronavirus testing of all nursing home residents and staff after reporting the deaths of nearly 2,000 residents tied to the facilities — about a third of all COVID-19 deaths across the state. Director Robert ...

Beaches begin to reopen as states ease restrictions

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Iron County has third active case of COVID-19

Iron County has a third active case of COVID-19, local health officials reported today. Along with the Iron County positives, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department today lists six reported cases in Dickinson County with two deaths, three recoveries and one active case. The ...

Host of events canceled due to virus concerns

COVID-19 precautions have left the calendar of regular summer events looking somewhat slim in the Upper Peninsula and the region’s Wisconsin counties. While both Michigan and Wisconsin are relaxing some of the restrictions on businesses and large gatherings, a number of activities set for ...

State posts new COVID-19 cases in Delta, Dickinson

Delta County has a new COVID-19 positive and Dickinson County a probable case, according to state health data Saturday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site Saturday listed Baraga, Alger and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Iron County two confirmed ...

Whitmer allows overnight camps

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that overnight camps and limited school sports activities can resume on Monday — the latest coronavirus restrictions to be lifted as the state economy reopens. The governor’s order says the residential camps can open subject to ...

Marinette reports two new virus cases

Marinette County on Friday posted two new COVID-19 positives, bringing its total cases to almost 40, health officials reported. Upper Peninsula counties, however, showed no rise in COVID-19 activity for the third straight day. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site ...

Whitmer lifts ban on overnight camps, school-related sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that overnight camps and school-related sports activities can resume on Monday, in the latest coronavirus restrictions to be lifted as the state economy reopens. The governor's order says the residential camps can open subject to ...

No new virus cases in region for second day

For a second straight day, no new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday, either in the Upper Peninsula or for Wisconsin counties in the region. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site Thursday showed Baraga, Alger and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; ...

Michigan lawmakers want budget deadline extended

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers on Thursday backed legislation that would waive a requirement that the Legislature pass the next state budget in less than three weeks, citing uncertainty over a major shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Appropriations ...

COVID-19 testing offered June 23 in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Health Department is collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will offer drive-through style COVID-19 nasal swab testing in the town of Florence on Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ...

COVID-19 cases hold steady in region

No new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday either in the Upper Peninsula or for Wisconsin counties in the region. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site Wednesday showed Baraga, Alger and Keweenaw counties with one confirmed virus case each; Iron County two confirmed ...

Michigan Senate OKs selling cocktails to go

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under fast-tracked legislation that supporters hope will help the industry survive the coronavirus pandemic. The bill cleared the ...

Keweenaw, Alger in UP have first virus cases

Keweenaw and Alger counties now have their first COVID-19 positives, while several Upper Peninsula counties added new cases Tuesday. The Keweenaw case was asymptomatic, found during preoperative testing at an area hospital, according to the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. Close ...

Nursing homes visitors depends on testing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a nursing home group told Michigan lawmakers Tuesday that expanded coronavirus testing is crucial to reopening the facilities to visitors, saying the state may be close to relaxing restrictions in a phased way. Melissa Samuel, president and CEO of the ...

Aspirus updates visitor guidelines for UP facilities

IRON RIVER — Aspirus patients in the system’s hospitals and outpatient centers in Upper Michigan now have an additional source of support. New visitation guidelines allow limited access for family and friends while still following important safety practices. As a basic safety measure, ...

Wisconsin offers food benefits

FLORENCE, Wis. — Wisconsin food commodities are available to Florence County residents by curbside pickup on U.S. 2 in Florence. Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program applicants self-declare income eligibility by determining that their combined household income is equal to or less ...