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Coronavirus

Local health department begins administering COVID-19 vaccine

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) began vaccinating priority groups Tuesday with recently received Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. As limited supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine have started to arrive in the area, residents are asking “When will COVID-19 vaccine be ...

Fauci: US taking hard look at variant of coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken “very seriously,” the ...

Trump signs massive measure funding government, COVID relief

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals. It also averts a government shutdown. Trump announced the signing in a statement Sunday night. The massive bill includes ...

Biden hopes virus deal is glimpse of deal-making to come

WASHINGTON — For President-elect Joe Biden, Washington’s year-end burst of deal-making brought renewed hope for a productive, successful first 100 days in office. The city’s fever broke, at least momentarily, as longtime combatants finally forged a COVID-19 relief deal that carried ...

Swift stays safe for a successful holiday season

HOUGHTON - While there has been some strife and rebellion over Michigan’s restrictions on commerce due to the COVID-19 pandemic - both locally and statewide - most local small businesses have done their best to comply with current Department of Health and Human Services rules. Once of the ...

Five businesses cited for COVID-19 workplace safety violations

LANSING – As the state continues to prioritize worker safety and health, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspected and issued COVID-19 “general duty” citations to five different businesses with serious violations for failing to protect workers and take ...

MDHHS confirms new MI COVID Alert text message outreach

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed the launch of a statewide text outreach aimed at increasing residents’ awareness of the state’s new exposure notification mobile app, MI COVID Alert. The text messages, which began this month, make it ...

Health Department statement regarding epidemic orders

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has released the following statement regarding Epidemic Orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The mission of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is to lead the community toward ...

MI COVID Alert hits nearly half a million downloads in first month

LANSING – A month after its statewide launch, the MI COVID Alert app has reached nearly 500,000 downloads. Today the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) announced there have been 461,192 downloads of ...

MDHHS asks Michiganders to “Mask Up, Mask Right”

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching an initiative to not only get Michiganders to mask up, but to mask right. “The science is now settled: Masks protect others from COVID-19 – and they protect the wearer,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS ...

National Guard supports vaccination efforts for Michigan

LANSING — The Michigan National Guard received a request from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support community healthcare organizations with logistical and medical assets for COVID-19 vaccinations across the state. Guard leadership has analyzed its medical assets and ...

COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort

PORTAGE — The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000. The rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved by the ...

Budget toll from virus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states

No “blue state bailout” is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral. Yet it’s not just Democratic states asking for help amid plunging tax revenue, ...