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Coronavirus

MDHHS updates guidance on COVID-19 quarantine period based on new CDC findings

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated guidance on COVID-19 quarantine periods based on scientific findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The CDC presented findings describing options to ...

Bayside Village reports seven deaths, 30 new COVID cases in weekly report

L‘ANSE — Bayside Village in L’Anse reported seven deaths and 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the most recent update of state numbers from long-term care facilities. The seven deaths, the first recorded for Bayside, were reported in an update posted Tuesday by the state Department of Health ...

State fines Café Rosetta $1K for violating shutdown order

CALUMET — Café Rosetta was among seven businesses disciplined by the state Wednesday for offering indoor dining service in violation of the state’s three-week shutdown. The cafe received a $1,000 fine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Penalties ...

MDARD, MI Retailers Association and Meijer urging consumers to shop as normal

LANSING -- Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell, Michigan Retailers Association CEO William Hallan and Meijer CEO Todd Weer, Senior Vice President of Stores responded to news that consumers may be buying larger quantities than necessary at the ...

Aspirus CEO: Care might change to avoid filling beds

WAUSAU, Wis. — With COVID-19 cases expected to rise through the holiday season, Aspirus hospitals may reschedule some non-time-sensitive procedures and move less serious cases to a home care model, Aspirus CEO Matt Heywood said during a press conference Wednesday. Typically, Aspirus staffs ...

H-PT board hears COVID update

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools board members received briefings on the district’s COVID response during a board meeting Monday, during which they renewed the district’s COVID learning plan for another month. Starting Wednesday, all Michigan high schools are required to ...

Schools adjust to three-week closures

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Hancock Schools Superintendent Steve Patchin and Houghton High School Principal Cole Klein announced plans for their respective schools, in responses to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcements involving schools and the COVID-19 pandemic spikes. “Today Gov. Whitmer stated ...

Classes, indoor dining halted in latest anti-COVID measure

HOUGHTON — To tamp down a new wave of COVID-19 infections throughout the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Sunday announced the temporary suspension of in-person classes for high schools and colleges, indoor service for bars and restaurants and other restrictions on indoor entertainment venues and ...

COVID numbers keep rising in greater Copper Country

HANCOCK — Ontonagon County tops the state in both the rate of new cases and in the percentage of tests coming back positive, while Baraga County is in the top five for both categories. State data show Ontonagon County with a seven-day average of 35% positive tests, based on an average of ...

Tree of Love ceremony cancelled to keep community safe

LAURIUM – To keep the local community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Love ceremony has been canceled. And while the event is not taking place, the community can still participate by mail. “We are so thankful for the ...

Finlandia University moving to remote instruction

HANCOCK — In response to rising COVID-19 cases on campus, Finlandia University will move to remote instruction starting Nov. 16, the Monday before Thanksgiving break. Finlandia has 14 active student cases and one active employee case, according to its COVID dashboard. All of its isolation ...