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Coronavirus

UPDATED: Local vaccine campaign to continue as masking, capacity rules lifted

ALPENA -- Local public health officials say they will continue to vaccinate residents as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration today lifted most coronavirus-related restrictions. As of 12:01 a.m. today, Michigan residents no longer had to wear face masks and the administration no longer ...

Shops, customers revel in normalcy

ALPENA -- A lot of smiling faces. That is what some employees in Northeastern Michigan noticed on Tuesday, as people were able to shed their masks and stand a little closer to one another while out on the town because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration lifted most COVID-19-related ...

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 ...

June coronavirus infections down

ALPENA — Since June 1, health officials have reported 17 Northeast Michiganders infected or probably infected with COVID-19. The number is far below the more than 300 new cases reported among Northeast Michigan residents in May and the more than 1,000 new cases in April. Two Northeast ...

Chip shortages affecting local dealerships, customers

ALPENA -- Car dealerships continue to struggle to fill their inventories, as a semiconductor chip shortage wreaks havoc on the businesses, and customers who wait weeks to receive a vehicle of their choosing. A semiconductor chip is a tiny transistor made from silicon. They allow computers, ...

Vaccination clinics announced for next week

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at the District Health Department No. 4 Alpena office on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, including Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines for residents aged 12 and older. Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments are preferred, health officials ...