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Coronavirus

AG Nessel reissues consumer alert as scammers target grieving survivors

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Nessel is warning Michiganders to beware of scammers reaching out to loved ones of COVID-19 victims offering to register them for funeral assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to a fraud alert from FEMA, the agency does ...

Governor Whitmer unveils plan to get ‘MI Vacc to Normal’

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today set the state of Michigan on a pathway to return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan ...

AG Nessel shares tips to avoid COVID-19 related scams

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to ensure Michiganders don’t fall for fake advertisements or too-good-to-be-true treatments related to COVID-19. Her Consumer Alert covers a wide range of scams that are circulating right now. In her latest Consumer Protection video, ...

Dashboard launched for COVID-19 wastewater monitoring pilot project results

LANSING – A statewide COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program piloted in 2020 resulted in all 20 participating sites detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater samples. The results hold promise for future efforts to detect and respond to outbreaks of the virus, according to data ...

Aspirus offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON – Aspirus Health is offering COVID-19 vaccinations daily at Aspirus Ontonagon Clinic, 601 S. 7th Street, Ontonagon, MI 49953. The clinics offer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in teens age 16 and 17. “These ...

MDHHS extends epidemic order, strengthens mask requirement for children

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) extended its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order. The Order – which preserves the strongest public health order in the Midwest – is designed to balance day-to-day activities while controlling the spread of ...

J&J vaccinations paused

HANCOCK — The national pause of usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should not result in much disruption locally for people who have appointments scheduled, including upcoming mass vaccination clinics, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Medical Officer Kate Beer said Tuesday. ...

UIA stops new wave of imposter claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

LANSING — Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), like other states across the country, remains under attack by criminals. Since Friday, Apr. 2, Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims likely filed by criminals that have been halted ...

UGL receives COVID-19 response funds

UPPER PENINSULA – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) receives $3,840,000 to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment in communities hard hit by the virus and to increase operational capacity. On March 25, the White House announced a historic investment of $6 ...

Aspirus offering COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Laurium

LAURIUM – Aspirus Health is offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, Apr. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m., at Aspirus Laurium Clinic, 205 Osceola Street. The clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine, the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in teens age 16 and 17. “Now that everyone 16 and ...

AG Nessel warns Michiganders of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine surveys

LANSING – For Michiganders who have received or plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning them to avoid current vaccine survey scams offering a reward in exchange for personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of ...

Finlandia hosting #CrushCOVIDWeek

HANCOCK — Finlandia University will be hosting #CrushCOVIDWeek on campus from April 5 through April 9 in the hopes of getting more students, faculty, and staff signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations. “The first week in April marks the beginning of vaccine eligibility for many of our ...