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Coronavirus

Loved ones parade at MediLodge of Alpena

ALPENA — Many of the residents at MediLodge of Alpena have been unable to see their loved ones since March, when visitors were restricted from entering the long-term care facility to reduce the threat of the spread of coronavirus. On Saturday, however, residents got to see friends and family ...

For jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

CHICAGO — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has ...

Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. “I’m sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can’t believe any test,’ ” ...

Funeral homes continue to adapt to outbreak rules

ALPENA — Being able to say goodbye to a deceased loved one is a critical part of the grieving process and provides closure to survivors, funeral home directors say. In the ever-changing landscape of regulations pertaining to public gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Alpena ...

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The governor pointed to an uptick in cases and noted that many students will return to in-person ...

One more Alpena County resident recovers

ALPENA -- One more Alpena County resident has recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, public health officials reported today. That means 100 of the 113 Alpena County residents infected with the disease since the virus first hit Michigan in mid-March have since ...

Head Start lessons could help schools reopen

ALPENA — A four-week preschool program wrapped up on Thursday, giving educators a glimpse into what returning to school amid a pandemic might look like in the fall. Educators with Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s Head Start program were surprised at how well students adapted ...

Officials fighting retail void in Alpena

ALPENA — Despite a rash of “going out of business” signs posted in some Alpena store windows recently, the economic picture is not all gloom and doom, the city’s economic development chief said. Steps are being taken to help businesses still trying to regain their footing after the ...

Possible coronavirus exposure at Dunham’s, health department says

ALPENA — Customers of Dunham’s of Alpena in late July may have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to District Health Department No. 4. Visitors to the store between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 24, 25, and 26 may have come into contact with someone carrying the coronavirus and should ...

PPE, hand sanitizer, masks to keep poll workers, voters safe, clerks say

ALPENA — As people line up to vote in today’s primary election, officials around the region have taken steps to make sure voters and election workers are protected from the possible spread of COVID-19. Most precincts across the area will have taped-off marks six feet apart showing people ...

Older kids could see split school schedule

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools administrators want parents to decide by mid-August how their kids will attend school in the fall, officials said during a community forum on Monday at Alpena High School. In addition to face-to-face learning, students can be homeschooled by their parents or ...

Another Presque Isle County resident infected

ALPENA — One more resident of Presque Isle County tested positive for coronavirus infection, health officials announced today. Of the 1,034 tests administered to Presque Isle County residents, 15 have now come back positive, with 12 residents reported recovered. No changes in positive tests ...

Little fear as ballots cast in outbreak

ALPENA — For the first time in modern history, Michigan voters on Tuesday cast ballots amidst a global pandemic that has infected tens of thousands of Michiganders and killed thousands more. But, by and large, voters told The News they felt safe as election officials brought in new ...

Judge: New virus rules don’t apply to trials

ROGERS CITY — Jury trials in northern Michigan are still in the works, despite the governor’s recent orders limiting some indoor activity to no more than 10 people, a judge said Monday. The orders do not apply to non-social gatherings, which includes the work of courts, Judge Aaron ...

Presque Isle County resident, Alcona County resident infected

ALPENA -- For the second time in less than a week, another Presque Isle County resident has been confirmed infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said today. Another infected Alcona County resident was also announced today by District ...

Whitmer’s executive order saving hundreds from shutoff

ALPENA — Many residents in Northeast Michigan who can’t afford to pay their water bill because they’ve lost their job during the COVID-19 shutdown have been shielded by an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prohibiting shutoffs. But past-due balances continue to mount, and it is ...

Gary Peters says GOP virus plan not enough

ALPENA — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, said Thursday he is working on Capitol Hill to provide more relief for people struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure municipalities, schools, and health care workers are provided needed ...

Barkeeps shake their heads as Whitmer shuts them down again

ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order closing many bars in the state beginning today is a tough blow for small business owners who were just getting back on their feet after the last round of shutdowns, said Kelle Barilik, owner of Barilik’s Tavern on Alpena’s north side. Many bars, ...

MHSAA waits to clear football, soccer, volleyball games

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that competition can begin Aug. 19 and 21 for lower-risk sports like golf, tennis and cross country, but it held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Berriman: High schoolers will be required to mask up

ALPENA — Many students this year at Alpena High School will likely be upset, as they will be forced to wear face masks when class resumes. During town hall on Wednesday, Alpena High administrators shared some of their preliminary plans to reopen the high school safely amid the coronavirus, ...