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Covid-19

Bad budget news for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New budget figures for Wisconsin released Wednesday show an $870 million drop off in tax collections last month, the latest stark sign of how much the coronavirus pandemic is hurting the state's economy. The bleak but expected budget figures came as pressure continued ...

Michigan Legislature sues to block Whitmer on virus orders

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature sued Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking a judge to declare invalid and unenforceable her stay-at-home order and other measures issued to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of ...

Marinette Marine has two more reports of COVID-19

Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., reported two more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total outbreak at that site to six. The shipbuilding facility last week revealed it has quarantined a dozen employees who may have been exposed to the coronavirus after four workers tested ...

Justices question Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court raised doubts Tuesday about whether Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order is legal, asserting that the Legislature never intended to give the executive branch so much power. Justice Rebecca Bradley ...

Michigan AG: Whitmer orders enforceable

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general on Tuesday backed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and told local law enforcement officials that her stay-at-home directive and restrictions on places of public accommodations are valid and enforceable despite Republican lawmakers’ refusal to extend ...

State lists new COVID-19 case in Menominee County

The state posted two new COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula on Monday, even as it took back a fourth positive report for Dickinson County. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Menominee County has a sixth case and Gogebic County a fifth positive. The state ...

Michigan doctors have ‘discretion’ on procedures

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan hospitals and physicians have “broad discretion” to decide whether to continue delaying procedures during the pandemic, the state said in new guidance issued in the face of pressure to let providers do more as the curve of coronavirus cases flattens. Dr. ...

Evers, GOP discuss regional reopening of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders talked with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Monday about opening some parts of Wisconsin less affected by the coronavirus pandemic sooner than others. Evers met with Republican and Democratic legislative leaders for the first time to talk ...

DIDHS: State erred in listing fourth Dickinson County virus case

Local health officials say the state made a mistake Sunday in listing a fourth COVID-19 case for Dickinson County. The Dickinson Iron District Health Department posted on its Facebook page “the latest positive COVID-19 for Dickinson County was reported in error by MDHHS,” or Michigan ...

All Wisconsin nursing home residents to get COVID-19 test

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every resident and worker in all 373 Wisconsin nursing homes will receive a free coronavirus test as part of a plan to expand testing to everyone who needs one, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday. Evers announced the expanded testing ahead of his first meeting with ...

National Guard will help test UP prisoners for virus

BARAGA, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard will test prisoners for the coronavirus in the Upper Peninsula. The effort will start today at the Baraga prison and then move east to five other prisons in the U.P., the Corrections Department said. All prisoners will be tested. Results ...

Guidance offered to businesses by Dickinson-Iron health agency

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department encourages businesses to seek guidance from the agency on their plans to reopen as executive orders are lifted, said Daren Deyaert, health officer. If you would like to be contacted by the Health Department with specific guidance, ...

Michigan: Doctors have discretion on nonessential procedures

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan hospitals and physicians have "broad discretion" to decide whether to delay procedures during the pandemic, the state said in new guidance issued in the face of pressure to let providers do more as the curve of coronavirus cases flattens. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, ...

Evers, legislative leaders to meet on coronavirus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers was scheduled to meet late this afternoon with both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders to discuss next steps in Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting comes the day before the Wisconsin Supreme Court was scheduled to ...

Some work can resume in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that Michigan’s stay-at-home order remains in effect through May 15 despite Republicans’ refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and more outdoor ...

Only one new COVID-19 case reported Saturday in UP

Marquette County had the only new COVID-19 case listed Saturday across the Upper Peninsula, according to state health officials. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Saturday listed 93 confirmed positives cases in the U.P., including 13 deaths. According to the MDHHS, ...

Michigan tops 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has surpassed 4,000 deaths due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services listed the state's death total Saturday at 4,020. It says there are 43,207 confirmed cases of the virus. On Friday, there ...

Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Marquette County

Marquette County reported four new COVID-19 cases Friday, pushing the total for the Upper Peninsula past 90, according to state health officials. In Wisconsin, meanwhile, the number of positive cases in Marinette County continues to grow, with two more positives posted on the state Department ...

State parks campgrounds to stay closed through June 21

LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order through May 15, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has updated expected opening dates and available amenities at many of its public ...

Wisconsin court to hear arguments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) —î The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments early next week in a lawsuit seeking to block Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order. The justices ruled 6-1 to accept the case and scheduled oral arguments for Tuesday morning via ...