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Coronavirus

Onaway paramedic is the area’s first COVID-19 case

ONAWAY — If she can get it, anyone can get it. That is the message Onaway resident Glenda Bowman wants to share with her fellow residents in Northeast Michigan after she received the test results on Monday showing she had contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. She is ...

City changes Public Works shifts to protect employees

ALPENA — Alpena Department of Public Works have changed operations so needed works gets accomplished but the risk to workers who often work in close quarters is reduced. City Engineer Rich Sullenger said employees are doing their best to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of ...

Banks face rush of applications for virus assistance

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The nation’s banks were still receiving guidance late Thursday evening on the $349 billion federal loan program aimed at helping small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday morning, the floodgates opened. “We received some of the guidance ...

Schools measure online access

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is working to have both digital and paper classwork accessible to students by the last week of April. For what’s left of the school year, districts are implementing online and other forms of distance learning after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 2 suspended ...

Hearings delayed as Alpena court adjusts to new technology

ALPENA — Twenty-some hearings scheduled for Monday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court were postponed as the court adjusted to new technology made necessary as people keep their distance to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. Courts statewide have been converting to hearings via ...

Rogers City’s 2020 budget planning scrambled by coronavirus

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials’ work on the city’s 2019-20 budget and plans for several other projects have “come to a grinding halt” under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Rogers City City Council in February ...

800,000 seek unemployment in Michigan

LANSING — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the coronavirus on the economy with only businesses deemed essential remaining open. Whitmer said her stay-at-home order ...

Paramedic is Presque Isle County’s first COVID-19 case

ALPENA -- A paramedic from Onaway who works in Otsego County is the first Presque Isle County resident confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the patient confirmed to The News today. Glenda Bowman has worked as a paramedic in Otsego County for 20 years and is 62 ...

Defense attorneys struggle to protect clients in the pandemic

ROGERS CITY — At a folding table in his farmhouse living room in rural Presque Isle County, defense attorney Devin Pommerenke worried about the clients he isn’t helping. “Sometimes, I can’t even call them on the phone,” Pommerenke fretted, organizing paperwork in his makeshift ...

Health depts order essential businesses to screen workers

ALPENA — District Health Departments No. 2 and No. 4 joined other northern Michigan health departments on Sunday in issuing an emergency order requiring essential businesses to screen workers for coronavirus symptoms and implement a plan to manage social distancing in the workplace. The ...

Lawmakers spar over emergency length

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to ...

Health Department order requires employers to screen essential workers

ALPENA — District Health Department Nos. 2 and 4 joined with other Northern Michigan health departments in issuing an emergency order requiring essential businesses to screen their workers for coronavirus symptoms and implement a plan to manage social distancing in the workplace. The ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasons

ALPENA — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled all sports for the rest of the academic year, as expected after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said students will not return to their school buildings at least until fall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It’s ...

Gardeners ramp up planting to prep for food shortage

ALPENA — More people are planting gardens and gardeners are planting more this year, in response to concerns about the coronavirus causing a food shortage. Experts have not confirmed there will be a shortage, but gardeners are still beefing up their vegetable planting in preparation. Ray ...

State now says zero PI County cases

ALPENA -- The state now reports zero cases of coronavirus infection in Presque Isle County, one day after reporting that county's first confirmed infection in what county officials said was an "error in documentation." The state's latest numbers, updated at 3 p.m. today, show zero cases in ...

ACC nursing program goes online, stays hands-on

ALPENA — Future nurses at Alpena Community College are being forced to learn their craft in an unconventional manner because the college closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Students, staff, and administrators are utilizing online learning for ...

Groups ready to help newly needy amid virus outbreak

ALPENA — People have been calling Gerrie LaCross, worried because their rent is due and they haven’t been able to get signed up for unemployment. “You know, hon, you’re just going to have to stay on the phone,” LaCross tells them. “And when they kick you off, you dial ...

Whitmer: Have symptoms? Stay home

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms fade. Her order came hours before the state that has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 ...

Conflicting reports about possible PI County infection

ROGERS CITY — A case of COVID-19 was detected in Presque Isle County, the state reported Friday, though local health officials said they could not confirm that information and county emergency officials said the state made a mistake, illustrating some of the problems with tracking the spread ...

COVID-19 and Michigan’s great outdoors

We understand there are questions about how COVID-19 is affecting outdoor recreation. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the outdoors and still prevent the spread of the coronavirus. CAN I STILL GO FISHING? Right now, yes, fishing is permitted, and the 2020 season opened Wednesday. ...