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Coronavirus

Officials: Signs point to strong boating season

ALPENA — There are encouraging signs pointing to a strong local boating season this year. Local harbor and government officials say there is early demand for slip rentals, and slowly, but surely, people are putting their boats in the water. Rogers City Harbormaster Wayne Saile said ...

Alcona Schools reports four new COVID-19 infections

LINCOLN -- Alcona Community Schools officials notified parents Thursday three new staff members who work primarily at the middle and high schools were infected with COVID-19 and one new infection was reported for Alcona High School. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said in a letter to parents ...

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 ...

News wins 3 awards in 2020 Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Contest

ALPENA — The Alpena News received top honors in the 2020 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Contest on Wednesday for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and coverage of on the spot news stories. The News received first place in the Best Public Service category for its ...

Rising coronavirus cases cancel local trials

ALPENA — Increasing COVID-19 numbers nixed two trials scheduled to begin Wednesday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. As of Tuesday, defendants and attorneys were ready to proceed with jury trials for Teresa Kortman, facing a pair of drug charges, and Shane Velasquez, accused of assault, ...

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena visitor restrictions begin today

ALPENA -- MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena reimplemented visitor restrictions starting today until further notice, according to hospital officials. During the visitor restrictions, one healthy support person will be permitted with a pediatric patient, those in critical condition, or where it ...

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 ...

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 ...

ACC to hold May 6 drive-through commencement

ALPENA — Alpena Community College officials announced on Monday a drive-through commencement ceremony will be held for graduates this spring. The graduation ceremony is planned for 5:30 p.m. May 6 at the Alpena campus. Although large public gatherings are still not advisable because of the ...

Thunder Bay Junior High to transition to remote learning Tuesday

ALPENA -- Thunder Bay Junior High School will transition to remote learning Tuesday because of a confirmed COVID-19 infection that has potential to cause widespread transmission. Alpena Public Schools Parent Involvement Coordinator Lee Fitzpatrick said in an email to parents today the ...

Schools preparing to begin state testing during pandemic

ALPENA — School districts in Northeast Michigan are preparing to administer state tests to students amid the latest surge of coronavirus. Some Northeast Michigan school districts plan to move forward with the required testing next week, while other schools will be relying on alternate ...

Tests down, cases up in Alpena County

ALPENA -- The number of coronavirus tests administered is down among Alpena County residents, while positive tests stay in the double digits, according to state data. In April, an average of 60 Alpena County residents have been tested per day, down from a daily average of 69 per day in ...

COVID-19 variant identified in Alpena County

ALPENA -- Local public health officials on Thursday reported the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in four Alpena County residents, who have completed isolation. The infections were identified through routine active surveillance by the Michigan Department of Health and Human ...

How local leaders, everyday folks led Alpena County’s charge against COVID

ALPENA — There were too many people to list, they said. The people who led Alpena County’s charge in the war against the coronavirus spoke fervently, stories tumbling and blending as they described the systematic whirlwind that was the past 12 months. Name after name slipped from their ...

Vaccine questions addressed at virtual town hall

LINCOLN -- The public was able to get their questions about vaccines and masking answered during a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday. The town hall, hosted by the Alcona County Commission on Aging in conjunction with Alcona Health Center, included panelists from District Health ...

Health officials report 66 new infections

ALPENA -- Public health officials on Wednesday reported 66 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including 23 Alpena County residents, 17 Presque Isle County residents, seven Montmorency County residents, and 19 Alcona County residents. As of Feb. 18, local public ...

COVID-19 shutdowns prompted much innovation from local businesses

ALPENA — Northeast Michiganders still deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, one year after the region’s first infection was reported by local health department officials. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s original stay-at-home orders last spring forced schools to move classes ...

Alcona students will transition to online learning Thursday

LINCOLN -- Alcona Community Schools will transition to remote learning Thursday because newly reported COVID-19 infections and subsequent quarantines are impacting district operations. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said today it wasn’t possible for the district to continue operations ...