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Covid-19

LaFave critical of governor’s distribution of CARES Act funding for schools

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to distribute a portion of the state’s COVID-19 relief funding only to some school districts will shortchange students and teachers in many parts of the Upper Peninsula. The governor has announced a ...

New virus cases in Dickinson, Iron, Menominee counties

Local health officials Thursday posted two new COVID-19 positives in Iron County and one new in Dickinson County. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department listed on its Facebook page 64 confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County, with 39 recovered, two deaths and 23 cases still ...

Unlock Michigan petition event Saturday in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Unlock Michigan of Dickinson County will host a candidate meet and greet featuring special guests state Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, and state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, as well as the U.P. regional director of Unlock Michigan, Jake Putala. The event ...

Dickinson virus count rises by two to 63

Local health officials Wednesday reported two new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County, giving the county 63 cases to date. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted the new total on its Facebook page, adding that of those cases, 39 are recovered and 22 still active; the county ...

Judge boots challenge to mailing of ballot applications

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits challenging the secretary of state's mailing of absentee ballot applications to millions of voters who did not request one, ruling that Jocelyn Benson had "clear and broad" authority to do so. State Court of Claims Judge ...

Lawsuit challenges Wisconsin mask mandate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate should be immediately ended because Gov. Tony Evers didn’t have the legal authority to order it, three western Wisconsin residents represented by a conservative law firm argue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. It’s the first legal ...

Menominee County has most virus cases in UP

Menominee County has surpassed Marquette County to lead the Upper Peninsula in the number of COVID-19 cases. The county reached 202 confirmed positives, topping Marquette County’s total of 201, according to the Public Health Department for Menominee and Delta Counties’ website. The ...

Whitmer receives flu shot, urges residents to do same

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday urged Michigan residents to get the flu vaccine to ease the load on the health system if there is a surge of coronavirus cases during the fall and winter influenza season, announcing the state wants at least 1 million more people ...

DCHS seeking $16.9M federal loan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Federal officials are reviewing a $16.9 million loan application from Dickinson County Healthcare System, down about $8 million from the first request a year ago. The lower amount is possible thanks to COVID-19 assistance received through the federal CARES Act, as well as ...

Menominee, Marinette add total of 38 new virus cases in area

State health officials listed 17 new COVID-19 positives this weekend for Menominee County, while Marinette County across the border in Wisconsin reportedly has 21 additional cases recorded this weekend, according to state data sites. The Upper Peninsula had 44 new positives posted on the ...

Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called "a breakthrough," one of his top health officials called "promising" and other health experts said needs more study before it's ...

Class in session: Most schools to reopen next week, masks required

Most Michigan public schools in the region will reopen to students next week for the first time since classes were canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. North Dickinson County will be in session Monday, while most others are set to start Wednesday. North Central School ...

Employee tests positive at Iron County Medical Care Facility

Local health officials Friday added two new COVID-19 cases in Iron County, while the Iron County Medical Care Facility reported a second employee has been confirmed with the virus. The employee was tested during the facility’s weekly clinic Wednesday, said Jessica Schultz, diversional ...

Michigan appeals court upholds governor’s emergency powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declarations and orders to curb the coronavirus clearly fall within the scope of her powers, the state’s appeals court ruled Friday, rejecting Republican lawmakers’ contention that she cannot indefinitely act ...

Michigan businesses fined

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state on Friday fined six Michigan businesses thousands of dollars for allegedly not protecting workers from the coronavirus, in what was described as an initial round of citations as regulators confront a five-fold increase in safety complaints during the ...

Florence County advises about another exposure site

The region had a relatively quiet day Thursday for new COVID-19 cases, though local health officials did add another positive in Dickinson County. The new case raises Dickinson County’s total to 61, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. Elsewhere in the Upper ...

Michigan appeals court upholds governor’s emergency powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declarations and orders to curb the coronavirus clearly fall within the scope of her powers, the state's appeals court ruled Friday, rejecting Republican lawmakers' contention that she cannot indefinitely act without their ...

Iron County Medical Care Facility employee tests positive for COVID-19

CRYSTAL FALLS — Iron County Medical Care Facility has received notification that one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was tested during the facility's weekly clinic held on Wednesday, said Jessica Schultz, diversional therapy director at ICMCF. “ICMCF will ...

Virus cases reach 57 at GB prison

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Fifty-seven people have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Green Bay Correctional Institution, according to state officials. All of the prisoners who have tested positive are being isolated and anyone who was exposed is being quarantined, the Wisconsin ...

College move-in

Owen Kudick, front, of Kewaunee, Wis., was among nearly 500 first-year students moving into their new homes Thursday at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Overall, St. Norbert has 2,000 students. Most of the classes will be taught in person. Masks are required except when students are in ...