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Coronavirus

COVID-19 infections skyrocket again

ALPENA -- After plummeting last week, the number of Northeast Michiganders actively infected with COVID-19 has skyrocketed following the arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Alpena County. As of today, 525 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected with COVID-19, while about ...

First confirmed omicron infection announced in Alpena

ALPENA – The omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Alpena, District Health Department No. 4 announced in a press release Thursday. The press release says the health department was notified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of an unvaccinated male in his 20s ...

Active COVID-19 infections drop below 500 in Northeast Michigan

ALPENA -- As of Thursday, 495 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected with COVID-19, while about 57.18% of Northeast Michiganders 5 and older had been fully vaccinated against the disease. This week’s active infections -- a News estimate based on cumulative infections minus deaths and ...

Proposed law could help restaurants recruit more employees

ALPENA – A proposed law in Michigan could lower the age of people who are able to sell or serve alcohol. The law would lower the age of someone selling or serving alcoholic beverages from 18 years old to 17 years old. It does not impact the legal drinking age in Michigan, which remains 21 ...

Active infections drop; nearly 57% vaccinated

ALPENA -- As of Thursday, 668 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected with COVID-19, while about 56.98% of Northeast Michiganders 5 and older had been fully vaccinated against the disease. This week’s active infections -- a News estimate based on cumulative infections minus deaths and ...

Officials: Flu, other viruses making a comeback

HILLMAN — The flu, strep throat and other viruses that have rarely been discussed over the past two years are making a comeback, according to local public health officials. “Influenza is actively increasing across the country,” Medical Director Joshua Meyerson said during a District ...