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Coronavirus

COVID-19 totals inch higher in Alpena area

ALPENA- District Health Department No. 4 announced Monday two new COVID-19 infections in residents of Alpena County, and another resident in Presque Isle County. The new cases pushed the number of Alpena County residents who have tested positive to 123. Of that number, 106 people have ...

Health officials warn of virus exposure at Alpena stores

People at the following Alpena stores may have been exposed to the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said today: * Rite Aid, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday * Meijer, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday * Walmart, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday or 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday Anyone who may have ...

People with disabilities trying to adapt during COVID-19 pandemic

ALPENA — All of us have had to adjust our way of life to conform to the new rules and regulations from COVID-19 concerns. While many have adjusted to this new lifestyle, people with disabilities have found it that much harder to be mobile or even to communicate with those around ...

Two more Alpena County residents, one Montmorency County resident infected

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4 reported on Friday new COVID-19 infections in two residents of Alpena County today. The Health department also reported one new infection in a resident of Montmorency County. The new Alpena County cases raise the total of residents who have tested ...

Numbers shift slightly; free testing available

ALPENA — One more Presque Isle County resident tested positive for coronavirus and one more Alpena County resident recovered from the disease, local public health officials said on Thursday. District Health Department No. 4 officials also announced a drive-thru testing event is planned from ...

Grant money to help local courts with tech upgrades

ALPENA — More than $54,000 promised to Alpena County will cover the bill for new technology to help ease the crunch of the coronavirus in local courtrooms. Alpena courts received word last week that the county was approved for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, earmarked for ...

Two more recover; self-quarantine urged after possible exposure

ALPENA — Local Public Health officials on Wednesday reported two more Montmorency County residents have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That means a total of 158 Northeast Michiganders have recovered from the disease so far, including 104 Alpena County ...

Officials: Schools may have COVID-related shutdown during school year

ALPENA — Local public health officials said on Tuesday they believe schools will have a shut down at some point during the school year, due to coronavirus concerns. Josh Meyerson, medical director with District Health Department No 4, told the health board that schools with a breakout or ...

Possible virus exposure at Hillman wedding reception

Attendees at a wedding reception at the Hillman Community Center on Saturday may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should monitor for symptoms, local public health officials advised today. In a press release, District Health Department No. 4 said people visiting the reception Saturday ...

CRTC chosen as pre-deployment quarantine shelter for military

ALPENA — Up to 400 military personnel may shelter in place at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in coming months, taking a two-week pause to ensure their health before they head out on missions around the world. Exact details are still in the works, but the base has been chosen as ...

Two Alcona County residents, one P.I. County resident infected

ALPENA — Two new Alcona County residents and one new Presque Isle County resident tested positive since Friday, health officials reported today. A total of 186 Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since March. One Montmorency County recovered since Friday, ...

Possible virus exposure at Wednesday soccer game, Health Department says

ALPENA -- Attendees at Wednesday's soccer game in the Alpena High School stadium grandstands may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should monitor for symptoms, local public health officials said today. District Health Department No. 4 officials were notified by another health ...

Another Alcona County resident recovers

ALPENA — Another Alcona County resident passed the 30-day benchmark since being diagnosed with with COVID-19, adding to that county’s tally of recovered cases today. Other numbers around Northeast Michigan didn’t budge since Wednesday, with a total of 183 positive cases, 17 deaths, and ...

Schools spend thousands on PPE for staff, students

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan school districts are using state and federal funds to purchase personal protective equipment needed to keep students and staff safe and stop the spread of coronavirus in schools. Districts bought masks, wipes, and hand sanitizer stations, among other supplies, to ...

Classes resume amid outbreak

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Ella White Elementary School students get off the bus on Tuesday morning for their first day of school in almost six months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shuttered schools in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, forcing students to finish out the 2019-20 ...

MSU: 124 new cases of coronavirus among students

EAST LANSING (AP) — More than 120 students last week reported positive results for the coronavirus — a “wake-up call to our community,” Michigan State University said Tuesday. The students, nearly all living off campus, had symptoms and were tested on campus or reported the results ...

Teaching grad students strike at the University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Graduate students who teach classes were on strike Tuesday at the University of Michigan over in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. The strikers chanted and held umbrellas while marching in the rain. “I do not want my students and ...

Possible virus exposure sites announced

ALPENA -- Possible coronavirus exposure at five local businesses has health officials cautioning residents to be on the lookout for symptoms as positive test numbers inch upward. Members of the public may have come into contact with an individual or individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 ...

5 Northeast Michiganders were infected this week

ALPENA — In the past week, Northeast Michigan added five to its total number of residents who tested positive for coronavirus infection, including three residents of Alcona County and two of Alpena County. Inaccurate numbers took the total number of infected Alpena County residents from 118 ...

Local coaches excited after Whitmer, MHSAA reinstate season

For the last few weeks, Eric Mitchell, like many high school football coaches in Michigan, has been holding out hope that his team might be able to still take the field this fall. The Alpena High School football coach’s cautious optimism was rewarded on Thursday when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...