Offering help: Local sewers making masks for the Keweenaw

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HOUGHTON — With masks becoming an increasing necessity, a local group is stepping up to make supplies. After a friend asked Mary Sue Weist Hyslop how they could fill the need for masks, she launched Face Masks of the Keweenaw, adopting the best practices from Masks by Marquette, which has ...

Superintendent responds to end of face-to-face instruction

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HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin said in an email that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order that ended face-to-face instruction for the remainder of school year also provided guidance that K-12 schools will provide learning for all students. The Michigan Association of ...

Whitmer: K-12 in-person classes canceled for school year

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HANCOCK — With face-to-face instruction over for the rest of the school year, local K-12 districts are preparing alternative plans to educate students. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released an executive order Thursday extending the closure of K-12 schools, which had been set to resume in-person ...

Sun makes for welcome sight

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Richard Byrd/For the Gazette The return of the sun this week has the local community hopeful for a warm Spring. We all have a lot of personal time now to reflect on things we appreciate as we’re all quarantined. This sign is a postive one for all of us.

Peters holds telephone town hall on coronavirus

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LANSING — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters answered questions from Michigan residents about the novel coronavirus and aid for those impacted during the first of two telephone town halls Tuesday.  Peters, D- Mich., spoke about provisions of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) ...

Health Department discusses testing in the five-county area

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HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) continues to work with state and federal agencies to acquire needed personal protection equipment, such as gloves, gowns and masks to the five-county region. Cathryn Beer, health officer and administrator, said whether or not the ...

Local Mask-making effort

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Face-masks from the Keweenaw is a local volunteer group currently making reusable cloth face masks to protect wearers from airborne particles that could contain the novel coronavirus. The design for the mask was created and approved by U.P. Health Systems infection control. The group currently ...

Governor Whitmer lowers flags to honor life of airman

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LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan on Friday, Apr. 3, to honor the service of Michigan Air National Guard Technical Sergeant Nathan William Denryter who passed away after his battle with cancer. ...

COVID-19 testing:Why you haven’t been given a COVID-19 test yet

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A negative COVID-19 test result would be comforting for those sheltering at home or still going to work during the stay home order, but tests have not been readily available, and even those samples taken are not being processed very quickly. Test availability is being expanded as quickly as ...

Health Department struggles to stop public speculation

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HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says it will not issue press releases on positive cases of COVID-19 disclosing the community in which the case is pending. The reason for the decision, said WUPHD Health Officer/Administrator Cathryn Beer, is a result of public ...

Why simple hand-scrubbing can help protect against COVID-19

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HOUGHTON — As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, more and more people are feeling frightened, ill-informed, and helpless. Yet, there are three simple things people can do, according to many sources, to protect oneself, and others from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19: Scrub ...

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival canceled

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The Baraga County Lake Trout Committee has come to a decision to cancel this year's event. It was a very sad and difficult decision to make. Unfortunately with the Coronavirus at our door, we do not think it would be safe to hold such an event with the number of people who will attend. We ...

Rumors of border closed to medical professionals are false


DETROIT — U.S. Customs and Border Protection would like to remind all travelers that the border is open and fully operational to essential travel only. CBP along with numerous other law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Michigan are reporting that they are getting calls from ...