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Coronavirus

Lakeshore tourism took a hit last year, plans for rebound

ALPENA -- The big lake that reels visitors into Northeast Michigan caught fewer visits last year as tourist destinations, from lakeside restaurants and resorts to lighthouses and glass-bottom boat tours, were closed during much of 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. After one of its ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet canceled

For the second straight year, the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has canceled its annual banquet and enshrinement dinner due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. The new date for the banquet, per Hall of Fame president Gary Mischley, is May 7, 2022. The Hall of Fame board met last Wednesday and ...

Fishing, diving business booms as virus restrictions eased

ALPENA -- Last year, fishing and scuba diving captains in the Alpena area lost business because of the state’s stay-at-home orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but early indicators show business may boom this year. Great Lakes Divers owner Capt. Nick Myers said business slumped ...

Two COVID-19 variants found in Northeast Michigan counties

ALPENA -- A pair of variants of the COVID-19 virus are becoming more common in Northeast Michigan, and residents are urged to continue to act diligently to help limit their spread. In a press release today, District Health Department No. 4 announced there were 14 confirmed infections of the ...

Officials: 288 infections, 1 death this week

ALPENA — As of Thursday, 42% of Alpena County residents 16 or older had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to state data. Public health experts say at least 70% of residents 16 and older — and perhaps as high as 85% — must get vaccinated before we might reach ...

Uptick in COVID infections could delay Winfield trial

ALPENA — A former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her students must wait another week to see if her trial slated for June 1 moves forward. Heather Winfield, a former teacher in Alpena and Hillman, is accused of having sex with a male student for several years, ...

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 ...

Districts plan to offer summer learning

ALPENA — Several Northeast Michigan school districts are planning to offer summer school for students to help them reinforce or catch up on subjects learned in school this year. Alpena Public Schools, Alcona Community Schools and Onaway Area Community School District are among those who ...

Vaccine clinic today

COVID-19 vaccine first doses are available to anyone 16 and older at a vaccine clinic today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpena Mall. Parents must accompany anyone 16 or 17 years old. No appointment is needed, and 350 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available.

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 ...

Alpena High School plans senior event after prom canceled

ALPENA — Alpena High School has canceled its prom but is planning a separate event for graduating seniors. High School Principal Tom Berriman on Monday shared on Twitter that prom was cancelled because of the state health department’s current guidelines. Later that day, a permit to allow ...

Local vaccine clinics may be scaled back as fewer show up for shots

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4 officials expect to scale back their mass vaccination clinics in the next couple of weeks. Health Department officials on Tuesday told the Health Board that fewer people have shown up to recent clinics and people the department has reached out to ...

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 ...

Alpena hospital seeing influx of COVID admissions

ALPENA — MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena officials are seeing a “significant increase” in the number of patients being admitted for COVID-19. Hospital President Chuck Sherwin said on Monday of the 70 patients admitted in the hospital, 26 were admitted because of COVID-19. Sherwin ...

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. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...

Alpena Public Schools to return to remote learning for 2 weeks

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools announced Friday that K-12 students will return to remote learning beginning Monday, due to a forecasted increase in COVID-19 cases in Alpena as well as a steady increase in positive school associated cases across the district. The pause for in-person learning ...

Teen Pfizer vaccine clinic to be held May 1 in Alpena

ALPENA -- A clinic hosted by MidMichigan Health will distribute the Pfizer vaccine to teens ages 16 to 17 on May 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the auditorium at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. People within this age group who want to schedule an appointment can call the family medicine ...

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. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...