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Coronavirus

Northeast Michigan COVID-19 cases rising again

ALPENA — COVID-19 cases have risen again in Northeast Michigan after a brief lull, but public health officials said they don’t expect a sharp spike in infections and do expect hospitalizations and deaths to remain low. Public health officials this week reported 61 newly infected or ...

After two years of COVID-19, Northeast Michigan healing and looking forward

ALPENA — There’s no going back to normal, residents and officials say. Two years after health officials reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection in Northeast Michigan, the coronavirus pandemic has left indelible marks on the lives and work of residents. Since the area’s ...

In Northeast Michigan, COVID-19 infections lower but deaths higher

ALPENA — While the virus has hit other parts of Michigan harder, it’s taken a greater toll in Northeast Michigan, a News analysis of state data shows. Two years after the first Northeast Michiganders contracted COVID-19 on April 6, 2020, the virus has infected roughly 8,500 Northeast ...

Patients accepted despite high occupancy at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena

ALPENA — MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena continues to accept new patients, despite high occupancy rates, hospital President Chuck Sherwin said in an email to The News. The hospital hit 100% occupancy last week, according to the state’s weekly patient census. That’s the second time ...

Low risk of COVID-19 spread in Northeast Michigan, CDC says

ALPENA -- Northeast Michiganders now face a low risk of coronavirus infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC’s Friday downgrade of the region’s risk level means the federal health agency only recommends facemasks for those with symptoms of coronavirus ...

ACC drops mask mandate as new cases fall

ALPENA -- Alpena Community College has dropped its facemask mandate as the rate of new COVID-19 infections in Northeast Michigan fell for the third week in a row. The college said it will not mandate masks on campus, though students and staff still could wear masks and instructors could still ...