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Coronavirus

Gov. Whitmer lowers flags to honor 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff immediately through Friday, ...

MDHHS Identifies 90 Cases of COVID-19 Variant

IONIA, MICH — Results from the daily testing of prisoners and staff at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, has resulted in the detection of 90 cases of the SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7 variant. This testing occurred after an employee at the prison was found to have the variant and the ...

COVID-19 variant detected in MDOC facility in Ionia

IONIA, MICH — The Michigan Department of Corrections (MODC) has learned of the detection of the SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7 variant at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia. This is the first known case of the variant inside a MDOC facility. After consultation with the Michigan Department ...

Your first and second doses of COVID-19 must be the same brand

WESTERN U.P. — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) reminds people that your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine must be the same brand as your first dose. Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are given 21 days after the first dose and Moderna is given 28 days after the first dose. ...

Why masks and more still matter, health experts weigh in

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. – If you think you can take off your mask and stop social distancing once you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, health experts caution not quite yet. Everyone must continue taking the necessary precautions to not spread the virus, even after receiving their ...

COVID-19 vaccine supply continues to trickle in

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) extends gratitude to the public for their patience as the COVID-19 vaccination process continues to evolve. The vaccine supply coming to the area continues to be very limited at this time. The forecast from the state is that ...

FinnU MLK Day of Service altered due to COVID-19

HANCOCK — The annual tradition of Finlandia University students taking the day off from classes and participating in community service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of testing and social distancing guidelines, many of the ...

Western Upper Peninsula advances to Phase 1B; additional planning underway

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) announces that the agency is set to begin COVID-19 vaccination of residents age 65 years or older. The first clinics will be held beginning Monday, Jan. 11, at both the Hancock and Bessemer locations, with limited appointments ...

SBA and Treasury announce PPP re-opening; Issue new guidance

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only ...

Aspirus administers first community COVID-19 vaccines

UPPER PENINSULA, MI - Aspirus Health today began vaccinating the first community members against COVID-19. Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that the state was expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility from Phase 1A to Phase 1B. Phase 1B includes ...

What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects On the ...