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Coronavirus

Officials: Staying reopened will take teamwork

Ogden Newspapers As states began the process of reopening over the last six weeks, some areas across the country saw an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases. As a result, some reopening plans have been stalled or, in some cases, walked back. For those still able to move forward with their ...

Bergman questions CDC virus data

ALPENA — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman said he questions coronavirus statistics put out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and supports President Donald Trump’s order for hospitals to report data to another agency. Recently, the Trump administration redirected COVID-19 data ...

Retailers, health officials open up about mask mandates

With an uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, the issue of wearing masks has been at the forefront of the national discussion pertaining to fighting the virus. Some states have mask mandates while others have allowed counties to make their own choices regarding mask ...

MHSAA: Schools can play fall sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fall sports at Michigan high schools will start on time, officials said Friday, although the schedule could change if coronavirus trends get worse. Football practices can start Aug. 10, followed by other fall sports two days later, the Michigan High School ...

Whitmer tweaks mask order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tweaked Michigan’s tougher order to wear masks in public, clarifying that they are not required while voting and telling businesses they cannot assume people who enter without a face covering are covered by exceptions. The changes came a week ...

Concerns continue as pandemic lingers on

Malcolm Miller is young and “relatively healthy,” but he checks his phone multiple times throughout the work day to get updates on the COVID-19 crisis and the number of cases in Douglas County, Kansas, where he calls home. It’s going to drive him nuts, a friend interjected as Miller ...

Demand for robot cooks rises as kitchens combat COVID-19

HAYWARD, California — Robots that can cook — from flipping burgers to baking bread — are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test a robot arm that can cook french fries ...

Agency orders hearing for bar tied to outbreak

LANSING (AP) — Michigan liquor regulators on Thursday ordered an East Lansing bar to answer questions about a coronavirus outbreak that infected 186 people and was a factor in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to halt indoor service at establishments that chiefly sell alcohol. A hearing, ...

Teen locked up over school work; school disagrees with judge

PONTIAC (AP) — A suburban Detroit school district said no student should be punished for missed online work during the coronavirus pandemic, two days after a news organization reported that a judge placed a teenager in juvenile detention. ProPublica reported that the 15-year-old girl has ...

Hillsdale College holding graduation as virus cases rise

HILLSDALE (AP) — A small college in southern Michigan is holding a graduation ceremony this weekend, a decision that is stirring concerns about the coronavirus. Hillsdale College is expecting more than 2,000 students, family members and others at the outdoor ceremony Saturday. Most schools ...

Another Alpena County resident dies amid outbreak

ALPENA -- Another Alpena County resident infected with COVID-19 has died, District Health Department No. 4 reported Thursday. It is the 13th death of an infected Alpena County resident, and the 14th death of a Northeast Michigander. An Alcona County resident has also died. Since mid-March, ...

Mask mandate gets mixed grades from Northeast Michiganders

ALPENA — After weeks waxing and waning popularity of mask-wearing in response to the state’s suggestion that people cover their noses and mouths to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this week brought a new sight to Alpena stores: every face masked, whether they liked it or not. An ...

State has most virus cases in 2 months; Izzo backs masks

LANSING — Michigan on Wednesday reported its biggest increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, leading Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to say she may be forced to reimpose some restrictions if the upward trajectory holds. Whitmer again pleaded with people to wear face coverings in ...

Man killed by police after mask dispute at store

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at a store, police said. The shooting occurred in Eaton County, southwest of Lansing, about 30 minutes after the stabbing at a Quality ...

Whitmer extends virus emergency

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, five months after she first issued it, pointing to an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks. The move, which was expected, allows the Democratic governor to keep in ...

2 new Presque Isle County cases inaccurate, Health Department says

ALPENA -- District Health Department No. 4 today reported two fewer infected Presque Isle County residents. Health Department Spokeswoman Cathy Goike said the wrong county was entered when the cases were reported. Goike said staff discovered the mistake during contact tracing. Cases are ...

Face mask tickets are ‘definitely on the table’

ALPENA — New mask-wearing regulations went into effect in Michigan on Monday, making masks mandatory indoors and threatening citations for business owners who allow customers inside without a face covering. The new rule also applies to outdoor areas where people are unable to be socially ...

Detroit summer school opens amid virus

DETROIT (AP) — Summer classes for hundreds of Detroit students opened Monday, despite a protest by critics who blocked a bus yard and said the coronavirus makes in-person learning too risky. Protesters held signs and placed tree branches on the ground to try to prevent buses from leaving to ...

Gull Lake group raises near $1M to rebuild 137-year-old dam

By NICK BUCKLEY Battle Creek Enquirer BATTLE CREEK (AP) — A cyclist stopped at the bridge over Gull Creek in Ross Township recently to pull out a cellphone and take a photo of the nearby Gull Lake Dam. The privately-owned dam is the outlet control structure for the 2,030-acre Gull Lake. ...