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Coronavirus

Offering help: Local sewers making masks for the Keweenaw

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

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

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 ...

Peters holds telephone town hall on coronavirus

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

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

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 ...

Nessel’s office tells businesses to stop selling fake COVID-19 test kits

LANSING — In continuing efforts to protect residents from scams and price-gouging related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office on Wednesday contacted two related businesses demanding they stop marketing and selling fake at-home COVID-19 test ...

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

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

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

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 ...

Aspirus COVID-19 press briefing recap – flattening The curve

A fast, high surge of COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the healthcare system in Wisconsin. Government, businesses, the general public, and health care systems are all working together to flatten the curve to decrease the intensity of COVID-19 infections in all our communities. “Right now, ...

AG’s office warns Menards about business practices during COVID-19 outbreak

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Attorney General on Tuesday sent a letter to Menards following reports that the company’s stores have been engaging in business practices which might endanger the health of customers and employees during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, ...

Michigan seeks approval to streamline Medicaid

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is requesting federal approval of flexibilities for the state's Medicaid Program that are consistent with the commitment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to keep Michigan's most ...

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 ...

The glass between us: a letter from Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

As we face the challenges of COVID-19, including the social distancing, we cannot help but think about one of our most vulonerable—and valuable—populations, our elderly. Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly remains committed to alleviating loneliness and isolation among our elderly. Our ...

Baraga County Lake Trout Festival canceled

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 ...