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Covid-19

Biden sending support resources but not more vaccine to Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington will rush federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak, the White House said Friday. The announcement came as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

Marquette, Delta counties lead 87 new cases in UP

State COVID-19 data Thursday showed 87 more confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula, with Marquette and Delta counties accounting for more than 50 of those cases. Locally, the state listed nine new confirmed positives in Dickinson County and one in Iron County. For the U.P., the Michigan ...

Detroit to go door-to-door to push need to get vaccine

Officials in Detroit are putting together plans to knock on doors across the 139-square-mile city to convince residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Detroit expects by the end of April to have crews start visiting homes to speak with residents about the importance of protecting themselves ...

New push in US to vaccinate older Americans

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Linda Busby, 74, hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine. “I was scared, I’m not afraid to say that,” she said Wednesday after getting her shot of the ...

More shots, not restrictions, amid surge

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases and crowded hospitals, Michigan’s health director said Wednesday. Elizabeth Hertel noted that indoor high ...

State lists 53 more virus cases in UP; Marquette leads with 21

State COVID-19 data Wednesday showed 53 more confirmed positives in the Upper Peninsula, with Marquette County leading with 21 new cases. For the U.P., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Wednesday also listed eight new positives in both Delta and ...

Michigan denied federal waiver on school standardized testing this year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday denied Michigan’s request to waive standardized testing for this school year, meaning students who have had a “brutally difficult” year learning amid the COIVD-19 pandemic must take tests this spring, according the ...

Wisconsin GOP plans for spending federal stimulus may not be allowed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The majority of Wisconsin Republicans' plans for spending $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money either may not be allowed under the law or might have to be repaid, according to nonpartisan analyses of the bills that are moving quickly through the ...

A dozen new virus cases in Dickinson, five in Iron

Local health officials Tuesday reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County since Thursday and five new cases in Iron County. In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department also showed three new probable cases and three recoveries in ...

Whitmer gets vaccine alongside teen daughter

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got her first COVID-19 vaccine shot Tuesday, touting it as the most effective way to protect people and to return Michigan to normalcy. The governor, 49, was vaccinated at Ford Field's mass clinic alongside her 19-year-old daughter, Sherry, and other ...

Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just five states

Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states — a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots. Michigan, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey ...

UK variant identified in Dickinson, Florence counties

Local health officials reported Monday that a COVID-19 variant originally recorded in Great Britain has now been identified in both Dickinson and Florence counties. Having cases of the B.1.1.7 variant surface in the region are “concerning” because “compared to the standard SARS-CoV- 2 ...

Michigan opens vaccine to ages 16 and up

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All people ages 16 and older in Michigan became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, as the state passed the halfway point in its goal of inoculating 70% of that population by year’s end. More than 36% of roughly 8.1 million residents had received at least one ...

Wisconsin expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone age 16 and up became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin on Monday, the same day that an outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was reported at a Dane County child care center and positive cases statewide continued to increase. Also ...

State lists six more virus cases in Dickinson

State COVID-19 data Saturday showed six more confirmed positives in Dickinson County and one in Iron County. In Wisconsin, Marinette County had two new coronavirus cases this weekend. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 website Saturday ...

Michigan sees surge in domestic violence calls

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is facing another public health threat on top of COVID-19: soaring domestic violence cases. The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, which represents 73 shelters across the state, has seen an outpouring of need from victims of domestic and ...

New virus positives in Dickinson and Iron counties

State COVID-19 data Friday showed four more confirmed positives in both Dickinson and Iron counties, with Dickinson topping 2,200 cases. For the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website Friday listed 62 new confirmed positives: 18 in ...

Whitmer worried about Florida travel

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that a factor in Michigan’s surging COVID-19 cases is fewer people were infected earlier in the pandemic than in other states, and she expressed concern about spring break travel to Florida. Florida and Michigan have reported the ...

Rapid COVID testing in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — Rapid COVID-19 testing will be offered Monday at Kingsford High School to coincide with the end of spring break at local schools, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District announced. The test will be provided from noon to 6 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the high ...

Wisconsin’s case rate highest since mid-February, officials say

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s COVID-19 daily case count has jumped to its highest mark since mid-February. State health officials reported 875 confirmed cases on Friday, the highest number of daily cases since Feb. 12, when the figure was 938 cases. The seven-day daily case average ...