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Covid-19

US National Guard has a storied history

KINGSFORD — Armed Forces Day is celebrated in various forms around the world, as non-military personnel pay homage to those who serve. In the United States, Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday in May each year. It was established by President Harry S. Truman to celebrate ...

Second COVID-19 death in Marinette County

Marinette County has had its second COVID-19 death, according to Wisconsin health data. No additional information was provided on the new death. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 site Thursday listed Marinette County with 21 cases and two deaths; Forest County with ...

Evers warns of ‘massive confusion’ after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of “massive confusion” after the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat’s stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own rules for combating the coronavirus ...

Wisconsin governor warns of ‘massive confusion’ after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of "massive confusion" after the the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat's stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own unique rules for combating the coronavirus ...

Second COVID-19 death in Marinette County

Marinette County has had its second COVID-19 death, according to Wisconsin health data. No additional information was provided on the new death. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 site Thursday listed Marinette County with 21 cases and two deaths; Forest County with ...

Local health officers urge caution in wake of Wisconsin court decision

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department has issued local requirements for businesses that are reopening after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a statewide stay-at-home order. “We encourage everyone to be smart and continue to practice the guidance that has ...

COVID-19 reported at nursing home in Forest County

Forest County officials have indicated they have one of 38 nursing homes in Wisconsin where the Department of Health Services is doing public health investigations due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The Forest County Health Department reported earlier this week that staff and residents of The ...

Mackinac Bridge walk called off due to pandemic

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have called off the annual Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge, the latest of many summer traditions in the state to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Mackinac Bridge Authority said it determined that the walk — which ...

Senate OKs relief bill; nursing home order questioned

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Legislature on Wednesday began authorizing the state to spend half a billion dollars of federal coronavirus relief funding, while majority Republicans voiced concern about the safety of nursing homes for residents who don’t have COVID-19. The state, ...

Hundreds protest stay-home order outside Michigan Capitol in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people angry or frustrated over Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order protested again outside the state Capitol on Thursday, braving heavy rain to call for a loosening of restrictions and for business owners to reopen in defiance of Gov. Gretchen ...

Food drive organized for Saturday in Powers

POWERS — Nutter’s Sports Bar will host a food drive from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to gather donations for those in need due to the COVID-19 situation. The business at W3988 Second St. in Powers has remained open for takeout beer and pizza while adhering to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ...

LaFave seeks to reaffirm tribal sovereignty

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, has introduced a resolution reaffirming the sovereignty of tribal nations and encouraging Michigan’s attorney general to not infringe on the constitutional rights of a U.P. indigenous community. The Hannahville Indian Community, a ...

Aspirus adds antibody testing

WAUSAU, Wis. - Aspirus is bringing serology, or antibody, testing to the area. Aspirus is scheduled to begin providing COVID-19 antibody tests immediately. Testing will be performed daily, and results will be available within 24 hours of a sample arriving at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital ...

Michigan strikes back by suspending elderly barber’s license

DETROIT (AP) — State regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a 77-year-old Michigan barber who insisted on cutting hair despite an order to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Karl Manke has pledged to keep his shop open "until Jesus comes." A judge declined the state's ...

COVID-19 cases hold steady in UP, region

No new COVID-19 cases were listed Tuesday for the Upper Peninsula, with the tally remaining at 98 positive and 15 deaths, according to state health data. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ online site Tuesday had Luce and Baraga counties with one virus case each; Chippewa ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Evers’ stay-home extension

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor's stay-at-home order through the end of May, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 4-3 ruling marks a defeat for Evers as Republican legislators, in the midst of the ...

Republican lawmakers press state on nursing home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday voiced concern about the safety of nursing home residents in facilities that also care for people recovering from the coronavirus, questioning policies adopted by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At issue is a month-old executive ...

Free COVID-19 testing offered in Crivitz

MARINETTE, Wis. — In an effort to increase local testing capacity for COVID-19, Marinette County Public Health in conjunction with Marinette County Emergency Management has requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard. The National Guard will be providing drive-through style ...

Borden to provide milk in Michigan

DALLAS — The dairy company Borden has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract through the new Farmers to Families Food Box Program as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The contract will enable Borden to supply 700 million servings of fresh fluid milk for free ...

Whitmer: Goal to test 450K residents for virus in May

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day, a critical goal because she said social-distancing cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed. Testing is on ...