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Coronavirus

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

47% of Alpena County residents fully vaccinated

ALPENA — State health officials this week updated COVID-19 guidance to allow fully vaccinated and symptom-free people to attend indoor and outdoor residential gatherings without a mask. State health officials no longer require routine testing for fully vaccinated organized sports ...

Residents excited to spend time with moms on Mother’s Day

ALPENA — Mother’s Day will have a different look and feel this year. The restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic have eased and loved ones can share time together in person. The pandemic cast a shadow over the holiday last year, preventing people from seeing their mothers and even ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

ACC holds drive-through commencement for 2021 grads

ALPENA — About 70 Alpena Community College graduates participated in a drive-through commencement ceremony on Thursday. College officials decided to hold commencement in a drive-through format this year because coronavirus restrictions would not allow large gatherings in Park Arena, where ...

Alpena Chamber seeks future planners for Fourth of July parade

ALPENA — After not having a parade on Independence Day last summer, the odds are good one will stream through Alpena on July 4. The future of the parade beyond that is unclear. For years, the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce has organized and planned the parade, but as the number of ...

Alpena social district could be in place this summer

ALPENA — Visitors to downtown Alpena this summer could soon be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area, all while having a cocktail in hand. During its meeting Tuesday, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority voted to establish a social district within the DDA that would allow a ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

In-person learning resumes for Alpena Public Schools students

ALPENA — In-person learning resumed for Alpena Public Schools students on Monday, after they spent the last two weeks learning remotely from their homes. “It feels really good, we’re all happy,” Alpena resident Katy Samp said as she picked her daughters up from school on ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

City of Alpena, Alpena Township provide update on water, sewer litigation

ALPENA -- The City of Alpena and Alpena Township released a joint update today on the ongoing effort to end litigation over water and sewer rates. In December, the two municipalities revealed they were considering forming a water authority to oversee water operations in the city and township, ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

DHD No. 4 announces two new vaccine clinics

District Health Department No. 4 has announced two more opportunities for Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Cheboygan county residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available by appointment only at the Health Department’s ...

Alpena Public Schools to resume in-person learning Monday

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools administrators will be strictly enforcing coronavirus safety procedures when in-person learning resumes on Monday. District administrators said in a press release on Friday those safety procedures will include the proper wearing of masks, social distancing, ...

Alpena hospital gets an A for safety

ALPENA — Alpena’s hospital has again scored highly in a national safety ranking. MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena received an A in spring 2021 rankings from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit hospital watchdog organization based in Washington. The Alpena hospital also received an A in fall ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Whitmer: State reopens when 70% vaccinated

ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday morning that the state can begin to fully reopen once health officials fully vaccinate 70% of Michiganders 16 and older. As of Wednesday, about 37% of those Michiganders had been fully vaccinated against coronavirus infection, according to state ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Longtime Alpena Public Schools employees to retire

ALPENA -- Alpena Public Schools will be saying goodbye to 17 longtime employees who have chosen to retire this year. Matt Poli, executive director for human resources and labor relations, announced the retirements during the board of education’s March and April regular board meetings. APS ...