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Covid-19

One more COVID-19 case in Dickinson County

Dickinson County reported another new COVID-19 positive Thursday, while state health officials listed a dozen new cases across the Upper Peninsula. In neighboring Wisconsin, Marinette County continues to see its case numbers rise with another seven positives for a total of 133, according to ...

Bishop Baraga Catholic School seeks donated masks for kids

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bishop Baraga Catholic School in Iron Mountain is seeking donated masks for use during the upcoming school year. Contact the school office at 906-774-2277 if you would like to donate or for more information.

Five new COVID-19 cases in Dickinson County

Local health officials Wednesday afternoon reported five new COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County for a total of 25 so far. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted the update on its Facebook page but provided no other information on the latest cases. Elsewhere in the Upper ...

Masks on in Michigan: Izzo joins governor to back practice

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday reported its biggest increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, leading Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to say she may be forced to reimpose some restrictions if the upward trajectory holds. Whitmer again pleaded with people to wear face ...

Virus numbers soar in Marinette County

Marinette County continues to be a hot spot for COVID-19 in the region with another 21 new positives reported Tuesday to reach 121 total cases. The county remains at three deaths, according to the state Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site. The 21-case jump in Marinette ...

COVID-19 vaccine poised for final testing

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday — as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. ...

Whitmer extends emergency declaration

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, five months after she first issued it, pointing to an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks. The move, which was expected, allows the Democratic ...

Wisconsin hits record high in virus cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin broke a record for confirmed new COVID-19 cases Tuesday for the fourth time in six days, as Gov. Tony Evers and state health leaders implored people to wear masks and take other steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The state Department of Health ...

Woodtick festival canceled

HERMANSVILLE — Woodtick Music Festival officials announced Tuesday that the 27th annual event has been canceled. The Woodtick’s official website cites pressure at the state level concerning social distancing and the need for face masks. “If at any point the crowd in the spectator area ...

COVID testing planned in Kingsford

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County has five active cases of COVID-19 as it prepares for a drive-through testing clinic next week in Kingsford, the county’s emergency preparedness coordinator said Monday. With three new cases reported Monday, it’s too early to say if there may yet be a ...

DIDHD: Three new virus cases in Dickinson, one in Iron

Local health officials are reporting another three COVID-19 positives in Dickinson County along with a new case in Iron County. The additional positives give Dickinson County a total of 19 cases and raises Iron County’s total to eight, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted on ...

Man killed after mask dispute

DETROIT (AP) —A Michigan sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at a store, police said. The shooting occurred in Eaton County, southwest of Lansing, about 30 minutes after the stabbing at a Quality ...

Voting changes, COVID-19 create new election challenges for clerks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan county and municipal clerks are finding it challenging to meet the needs of voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and following changes in 2018 when state voters approved of same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. The Secretary of State’s ...

Barber shops, salons busy as business resumes

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This “Reopening” series by Ogden Newspapers will delve into how communities nationwide are dealing with getting back to a new normal. This installment focuses on businesses ...

Police chiefs say virus order confusing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases Sunday, but the number was down from a day earlier. The state health department also reported one COVID-19 death, pushing the total since March to 6,068. More are probable but haven't been officially counted yet. It's ...

Wisconsin data lists 13 more virus cases for Marinette County

Marinette County in Wisconsin had another 13 COVID-19 positives reported by the state this weekend to bring the county’s total to nearly 100 cases. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 data site added seven new cases Saturday and six more Sunday to Marinette County’s ...

COVID-19 cases on the rise in UP, northern Wisconsin

The numbers of new COVID-19 positives showed a significant rise throughout the region Friday, with double-digit additional cases from counties on both sides of the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The largest increases for the day came in Menominee County in the Upper Peninsula and Marinette ...

Health agency explains contact tracing process

IRON MOUNTAIN — During the coronavirus pandemic, Dickinson-Iron District Health Department’s nursing staff has been working to identify close contacts of all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, said Ruth Manier, the agency’s community health services director. For decades, ...

Whitmer toughens mask mandate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that Michigan businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor also expanded where people must have a ...

COVID-19 testing to be offered in Dickinson, Iron

KINGSFORD — Free community drive-through testing for COVID-19 will be offered later this month in Dickinson and Iron counties, health officials said. The Dickinson clinic will take place at the Kingsford Middle School/High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 24. In Iron ...