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Coronavirus

November infections double last six months combined

ALPENA -- As 34 more Alpena-area residents were reported infected by the coronavirus, Alcona eighth-graders were asked to self-isolate and a school official today issued a reminder that school is still in session, even if it’s virtually, and students are expected to be there. The numbers ...

Alpena County OKs float display over objections

ALPENA -- The Alpena County board on Tuesday approved a drive-thru Christmas display despite traffic concerns from local police agencies and health concerns from regional public health officials trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to host ...

MDHHS virtual social hours to help seniors cope with COVID-19 separation

Older adults experiencing social isolation this Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new opportunity to celebrate the holiday virtually. Through its partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and ...

Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end crisis right away

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can ...

Largest 1-day jump in infected Northeast Michiganders reported

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan today saw its largest one-day jump in newly reported COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began in mid-March. Local public health officials reported 56 newly infected Northeast Michiganders, more than in any other single day. Health officials reported more than ...

Second Presque Isle County resident dies after coronavirus infection

ALPENA -- A second Presque Isle County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19 as 101 Northeast Michigan residents were confirmed infected over the weekend, local public health officials said today. The new death is the region’s 23rd since the pandemic hit Michigan in ...

BIZ BRIEFS: State offers COVID-19 help, enforcement

State offers businesses COVID-19 guidance Michigan businesses can now schedule free COVID-19 safety consultations with the Michiga Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency said in a news release. The consultation will offer businesses “education and support to implement ...

2nd Montmorency County death reported

ALPENA -- A second Montmorency County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19, public health officials said today. District Health Department No. 4 announced the death in a data update but provided no other information. With the announcement today of 36 newly infected Northeast ...

Virus surge means patient surge, but Up North hospitals say they’re ready

ALPENA — Hospital officials in northern Michigan say they are admitting more coronavirus patients than they did in the spring, but they still have the capacity to accept more. During the first wave of the coronavirus in the spring, no more than 13 COVID-19 patients were treated at one time ...

Chatfield shuts door on talk of impeaching Whitmer

LANSING (AP) — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield on Wednesday slapped down calls by some Republican lawmakers for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s impeachment for her actions mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Chatfield, a Levering Republican, called the effort by Milford Township Republican ...

Whitmer warns against Thanksgiving gatherings

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday repeated her plea to Michigan residents to limit gatherings at Thanksgiving and keep loved ones safe. Whitmer’s appeal came as the state health department reported 7,592 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 134 deaths, including 61 ...

CDC pleads with Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel

NEW YORK (AP) — With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. The Thanksgiving warning from the Centers for Disease ...

Alpena elementaries learn remotely as 40 area infections reported

ALPENA -- Alpena Public Schools elementary students will stay home to learn remotely beginning Friday as public health officials reported 40 newly infected Northeast Michiganders and more infections linked to schools were revealed. District Health Department No. 4 directed students and staff ...

Plaza Pool, Northern Lights Arena hit by virus rules again

ALPENA — The Alpena County-owned Plaza Pool and Northern Lights Arena will take a financial hit because of the most recent restrictions issued by the state to slow the spread of COVID-19, officials said. The full economic impact may not be known until after Dec. 9, when the new limits on ...

First Montmorency County death, Pied Piper, Alcona schools infections reported

ALPENA -- An elderly Montmorency County man has died after being infected with COVID-19, marking the first time a resident of that county has died amid the pandemic, public health officials said today. “We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends who have lost their ...

Changes in effect at deer check stations statewide

POSEN — In his 20 years of cutting off heads, it’s the swapping of stories that George Barber has enjoyed the most. But, at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer check station in Posen on Tuesday, Barber said coronavirus precautions have put a damper on the camaraderie that ...

Restaurants sue to try to stop new indoor dining ban

DETROIT (AP) — Just hours before another shutdown, a restaurant trade group sued Tuesday to try to stop a ban on indoor dining, attacking the latest restrictions from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in response to a wave of coronavirus cases. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging ...

Teachers fret over school return

LANSING (AP) — The majority of educators in Michigan have safety concerns and don’t believe they’ll be able to return to in-person learning in January, according to a study from the state teachers’ union. The survey by the Michigan Education Association found 74% of the responding ...

Ella White kindergarten class sent home after infection

ALPENA -- A kindergarten class at Ella White Elementary School has been directed to self-isolate until Nov. 25 and will return to class on Nov. 30. Alpena Public Schools officials said in a press release today that officials were informed by District Health Department No. 4 on Monday that ...

Alpena parents divided on school during pandemic

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools administrators are already discussing what instruction will look like during the second semester. Alpena Superintendent Dave Rabbideau at a school board meeting on Monday went over the results of a parent and staff survey assessing how comfortable parents ...