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Covid-19

Whitmer asks White House about extra vaccines

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked the White House on Tuesday if it would consider sending additional COVID-19 vaccines to states, including Michigan, that face surging coronavirus cases. Whitmer later announced that the state’s direct allotment of doses — which is ...

Barber to appeal fines

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan barber who defied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and reopened his shop last spring during the coronavirus pandemic was fined $9,000 for violating licensing rules, including joining a protest where hairstylists cut hair on the Capitol lawn. Karl Manke will appeal the ...

State: UP has 67 new coronavirus positives

State COVID-19 data Monday showed five new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Iron County and three in Dickinson County since Saturday. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Monday listed a total of 67 new confirmed positives since ...

Evers vetoes Wisconsin legislative oversight of federal COVID funds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers killed a bill Monday that would have given Republican legislators oversight of Wisconsin’s share of billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds, instead announcing his own plan for distributing the money. Evers, a Democrat, took the unusual ...

Judge orders 3 to trial in plot to kidnap Whitmer

A Michigan judge on Monday ordered three men to stand trial in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her coronavirus restrictions. Jackson County District Court Judge Michael Klaeren ruled there was enough evidence and bound over Paul Bellar, Joe Morrison and Pete ...

Feds waive Michigan’s school accountability demands for now

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Education announced Monday that federal accountability procedures requiring high participation rates and progress goals will be waived for the 2020-2021 school year due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on classrooms. The U.S. ...

New cases in Dickinson, Menominee, Marinette counties

State data this weekend showed two new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson, Menominee and Marinette counties. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Saturday listed a total of 30 new confirmed positives: seven in Delta and ...

Whitmer again vetoes virus relief funds

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday again vetoed about $652 million in proposed COVID-19 relief spending after the Michigan Legislature passed it without negotiating with her administration. Majority Republicans reapproved the funding following the Democratic governor’s ...

DIDHD to open vaccine to all older than age 18 next week

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department next week will expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to all residents age 18 and older. Online scheduling for both counties will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, with the link being posted on didhd.org. Iron County residents can schedule by telephone ...

Michigan Senate ties restaurant limits to virus metrics

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted Thursday in favor of legislation that would automatically tie restaurant capacity limits to COVID-19 testing positivity or hospitalization rates, embracing — over Democrats’ objections — a metric-based approach long ...

Michigan sees virus surge but tighter restrictions unlikely

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, which not long ago had one of the country’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is confronting an alarming spike that some experts worry could be a harbinger nationally. In what public health authorities across the U.S. have been warning for months might ...

UP has 55 new positives, three in Iron County

State data Thursday showed three more confirmed COVID-19 positives in Iron County and one more case in Dickinson County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Thursday listed 55 new confirmed cases for the Upper Peninsula: 17 in Chippewa County; nine in ...

State reports uptick in virus cases in UP; death in Menominee County

The Upper Peninsula continues to show an uptick in COVID-19 cases Wednesday with 53 new positives, but the only new coronavirus-related death came in Menominee County, according to the state’s COVID-19 data. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ ...

Whitmer vetoes virus bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday again vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have required legislative approval to extend Michigan's COVID-19 restrictions, as cases and hospitalizations continued to rise amid increasing vaccinations. The state reported more than ...

Wisconsin GOP leaders praise state’s vaccination efforts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called on the state's business community to “step up” and return workers to offices around the Fourth of July, joining Wednesday with the state Senate's top Republican in praising the state's coronavirus vaccination efforts. Vos ...

State Senate looks to curb restrictions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan Senate on Tuesday again sought to limit state pandemic restrictions, voting to let all family members attend an athlete’s sporting event and large families eat at a restaurant table. The Republican-sponsored legislation was approved 20-15 on party ...

DIDHD: Area adults over 65 fully vaccinated go above 40%

More than 40% of residents older than 65 in Dickinson and Iron counties have now received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, local health officials reported. That news comes as Michigan on Monday made all residents age 50 and older eligible for the coronavirus vaccine regardless of health ...

Wisconsin Republicans vote to control virus money

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature voted Tuesday to take control of the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus package away Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and instead give lawmakers the ability to decide how to spend the estimated $3.2 billion coming to the ...

Wisconsin Senate OK bars, restaurants selling alcoholic drinks to go

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Booze-to-go will be easier to purchase in Wisconsin under a pair of bills passed Tuesday by the state Senate. One would allow bars and restaurants to sell mixed drinks and glasses of wine to go with tamper-evident seals. The Senate approved the bill on a 28-2 vote with ...

DIDHD offers two wait lists

The DIDHD announced Tuesday it will start a “wait list” for those older than age 60, regardless of medical history, who are interested in receiving the COVID vaccine. This is for “first dose” only. To get on the list, contact the office directly by telephone at 906-774-1868 for ...