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Coronavirus

Alpena-area public health official: Have to ‘suck it up’ to slow COVID-19

ALPENA -- If you leave your house, you are putting yourself at risk of contracting COVID-19 and possibly exposing others to it, District Health Department No. 4 officials stressed at a board meeting today. Fast-rising infections in Northeast Michigan, coupled with a lack of contact tracers, ...

Whitmer says she can issue stay-home order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise up” against Michigan’s latest restrictions ...

US Rep. Walberg says he has COVID-19

JACKSON (AP) — A Michigan congressman said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19. Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg said his symptoms were mild. “It has been more than a week since I have attended a public event,” Walberg said. “In conjunction with health officials, my office ...

MHSAA suspends fall, winter sports for 3 weeks

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Sunday the suspension of fall sports tournaments as well as all winter practices and competitions scheduled to start over the next three weeks. The announcement was made in accordance with an executive order issued by the Michigan ...

More than 100 infections confirmed over weekend

ALPENA -- More than 100 Northeast Michiganders were infected over the weekend, public health officials reported today. Officials reported 104 newly infected Northeast Michiganders since Friday, including 58 Alpena County residents, 17 Presque Isle County residents, 12 Montmorency County ...

Michigan halts classes, indoor dining as coronavirus surges

LANSING— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb the state’s spiking coronavirus ...

Local schools transition to remote learning ahead of new state directive

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools students who attend the junior high and high schools will transition to remote learning starting today, where students will be attending classes remotely through Dec. 8. Hillman Community Schools officials announced on Saturday the district would be moving to ...

Holiday parade canceled

ALPENA -- The Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade is canceled, the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce announced today, releasing the following statement: "Due to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Order issued yesterday, the Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade has been ...

Farmers feel coronavirus pinch

ALPENA — Though the effects weren’t as severe in northern Michigan as elsewhere in the country, local farmers still felt some of the damage the coronavirus pandemic caused. Brook Alloway, a farmer at B&B Farms, said B&B is one of the farms that sells directly to consumers. The ...

RCAS closed Monday for contact tracing; Hillman moving to virtual learning

HILLMAN -- Hillman Community Schools will be moving to virtual learning on Monday and Rogers City Areas Schools will be closed for one day beginning on Monday as the number of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Michigan continue to climb. Hillman Community Schools Superintendent Carl Seiter on ...

DPI donates face shields to fire departments

Decorative Panels International (DPI -Alpena), as part of LIXIL, better known as American Standard, is proud to support frontline workers fighting this awful pandemic. DPI-Alpena employees on Thursday donated 800 Face Shields to the Alpena City and Township Fire Departments. DPI-Alpena ...

Health officials urge caution as hunters gather for deer season

ALPENA — Hunters in Northeast Michigan are eager for opening day of firearm deer season to kick off on Sunday, with many hunters already sighting in their guns and preparing to head off to hunting camps in the region. However, this year, hunting season begins as a second wave of coronavirus ...

2 more lawmakers infected amid virus surge

LANSING (AP) — At least two more Michigan legislators have tested positive as the coronavirus continues surging to record heights, including one who attended Senate session and committee hearings on Thursday — the same day the House canceled votes due to infections among members. Those ...

Hospital leaders sound alarms; Detroit to keep students home as virus spreads

LANSING (AP) — Hospital leaders warned Thursday that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to top the spring peak of about 4,000 by late this month. “It’s an accelerating trend. It’s very ...

Man charged with virus loan fraud

MACOMB TWP. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was charged with fraud Thursday in seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Bischoff received approximately $594,000 from lenders, the government alleged. He’s accused of giving false ...

Dozens more infections reported, one at Pied Piper, Rogers City schools close

ALPENA -- As of today, 265 Northeast Michiganders were actively infected with the coronavirus, meaning they’d been confirmed infected but hadn’t yet recovered or died -- two-and-a-half times the highest count ever reported in the earliest weeks of the pandemic in the spring. Since Tuesday, ...

Infections climb as virus-related death, possible exposure site reported

ALPENA — Another resident of Alpena County has died after being infected with COVID-19, and the number of positive coronavirus tests in the area is climbing quickly, District Health Department No. 4 announced Tuesday. A 15th Alpena County resident has died after testing positive for the ...

With COVID-19, two items on an upward swing

ALPENA — In Northeast Michigan and across the nation, residential doorsteps are being stacked with numerous shipping boxes. And, since March, residents and employees in numerous environments are now protected by a variety of acrylic glass barriers. The Alpena Post Office postmaster, Robert ...

Probable cases reported at Pied Piper, AHS

ALPENA — Two school districts are responding to news of probable coronavirus cases within their districts, while local public health officials warned of one new exposure on Monday. One student or staff member at Pied Piper School is self-isolating after being identified as a probable ...