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Covid-19

Wausaukee Enterprises operates with aid of Impact Fund grant

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Wausaukee Enterprises Inc. has received a $6,000 grant from the Impact Fund for COVID-19 Relief at the M&M Area Community Foundation. Wausaukee Enterprises will use the grant money to help offset lost revenue due to facility closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency —î hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic —î piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster ...

Democratic convention workers test positive

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three workers hired to help set up the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the event’s organizers. Daily screening for people working at the Wisconsin Center began last week in preparation for the Aug. 17-20 ...

New virus cases in Iron, Dickinson counties

Local health officials Thursday reported a single new COVID-19 positive in both Dickinson and Iron counties. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon that Dickinson County had reached 51 cases and Iron County 18. For the Upper Peninsula, the ...

Iron County Medical Care Facility employee tests positive for virus

CRYSTAL FALLS — Iron County Medical Care Facility was notified today that one of its employees has been tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19. “The facility has reported the positive employee case to all appropriate agencies and at this time no further recommendations have been ...

Advisory issued on Florence virus exposure

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department has received notification of a positive case of coronavirus infection, with the person coming in close contact with others whose names are unknown, said Annette Seibold, agency director. Florence establishments visited by the individual ...

Mask requirement extended to day cares, camps

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, child care centers ...

Dickinson-Iron school plan calls for masks

KINGSFORD — A plan adopted Wednesday by the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District covers all potential phases in Michigan’s back-to-school guidelines, including a likely requirement for face coverings when classes resume later this month. “It’s a big plan; it’s an aggressive ...

UP virus count climbs

Dickinson County has four new COVID-19 positives, local health officials reported Wednesday. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that Dickinson County had reached 50 cases, but also upped the number of recoveries by six to 13. Across ...

Negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the ...

Masks required in Wisconsin

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Health Department, in coordination with the district attorney and sheriff’s offices, is sending a letter to local area businesses to encourage voluntary compliance with Gov. Tony Evers’ order requiring face coverings, said Annette Seibold, department ...

Officials call for caution after virus cases spike in Gogebic

Western Upper Peninsula health officials have cautioned about the risks of large gatherings after seeing a spike of more than 90 COVID-19 cases in Gogebic County over the past 30 days. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department put out the advisory Tuesday as that county’s number of ...

Evers: No plan to close schools, will let locals decide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers pushed back Tuesday against Republican claims that he’s secretly planning to shut down Wisconsin schools this fall, saying he’s content to let local officials decide whether to offer in-person or online instruction as the coronavirus continues to ...

UP Health System eases zero-visitor restrictions

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette and UPHS-Bell announced on Monday the transition from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per stay, are effective immediately. As ...

COVID-19 cases jump again in Marinette County

For a third straight day, Wisconsin COVID-19 data shows Marinette County with a double-digit increase in positive cases Monday to top 330 total. Dickinson County also has three new positives for a total of 46 to date, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department posted Monday on its Facebook ...

State Legislature cancels session after senator’s test

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Monday canceled this week’s session and hearings because a Lansing-area state senator tested positive for the coronavirus through screening required by his service in the Michigan Army National Guard. Republican Sen. Tom Barrett, of ...

GOP leader wants Wisconsin Senate to strike down mask order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature should act as quickly as this week or next to strike down Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said on Monday. The order from Evers, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases ...

NMU webinar on Wednesday

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership is hosting a webinar at 12 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday with a presentation by Northern Michigan University on a safe return to campus this fall. Panelists will include Christopher Kirkpatrick, M.D., and NMU medical director; Cindy ...

Michigan orders tests of workers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Monday ordered coronavirus testing of agricultural and migrant workers, citing nearly a dozen outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants in recent weeks. Under the emergency order issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services, migrant ...

State posts 35 new cases of COVID in Marinette County

Marinette County has 35 new confirmed COVID-19 positives to reach 315 cases, Wisconsin health officials reported this weekend on that state’s data site. For Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the state’s COVID-19 data site showed 41 more positives among the 15 counties over the weekend: 13 in ...