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Coronavirus

Virus warnings pile up as cases climb in Alpena area

ALPENA -- Five new potential coronavirus exposure sites and 12 new COVID-19-infected Northeast Michigan residents were announced by local public health officials today. An infected person or persons visited the following locations, District Health Department No. 4 said: * Court Yard ...

Christmas programs unsure what to expect in pandemic

ALPENA — Alpena-area holiday giving programs anticipate greater need in the community this year, although they are unsure of exactly what to expect during the coronavirus pandemic. Operation Holidays, an annual service project of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 583 and the ...

Whitmer asks for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan lawmakers Thursday to enact a statewide law on mask wearing, as the state continues to shatter coronavirus case records and hospital admissions steadily rise. A state emergency order already requires people to wear masks in indoor ...

Hillman junior high schoolers to learn online after school staffer infected

HILLMAN -- Hillman sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders will transition to virtual learning next week through Nov. 16 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Elementary and high school students will return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, ...

Virus closes Hillman schools

ALPENA -- Hillman Community Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday because of “a district positive COVID-19 test,” officials announced on the schools’ Facebook page this evening. District officials will work with the District Health Department No. 4 today and more information will ...

11 more Northeast Michiganders, 2 MediLodge of Rogers City staffers infected

ALPENA -- Two employees at MediLodge of Rogers City are infected with coronavirus, state health officials said today as the coronavirus continued its resurgence. Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, three MediLodge of Rogers City staff and one resident there have been infected with ...

APS prepared for online-only, if needed

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is prepared for future transitions to remote learning because of the resurging coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent David Rabbideau told his Board of Education on Monday during a virtual board workshop. Rabbideau said he would love to say he doesn’t think the ...

Due to virus, restaurants now taking names, phone numbers

DETROIT (AP) — Meals at Michigan restaurants came with a new side dish Monday: What’s your name and phone number? The latest order kicked in from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health department. Restaurants must be able to contact customers if there’s a virus case linked to the ...

Infections still climbing around Alpena

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan continues to see an increase in COVID-19 infections as 21 more Northeast Michiganders were reported infected over the weekend, including an Alpena Community College student, and health officials warned visitors to two local restaurants may have been exposed. Local ...

MSU building turns into home for students exposed to COVID

EAST LANSING (AP) — Abii-Tah Bih checked into a hotel room at the Kellogg Center last summer, but it wasn’t for a relaxing weekend away. She may have been exposed to COVID-19. Her roommate at Michigan State University tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-August, forcing Bih, an ...

Police department sidelined because of coronavirus

DEWITT TOWNSHIP (AP) — An entire police department north of Lansing is off duty because of the coronavirus. DeWitt Township closed the department Wednesday due to some positive cases. Other officers and staff were told to quarantine, township manager Andrew Dymczyk said. The ...

Virus roars back: We just tied for worst week of pandemic

ALPENA -- As the number of Northeast Michiganders infected with COVID-19 continued to climb today, Northeast Michigan ended a week tied for the worst since the pandemic began. Eleven newly infected Northeast Michiganders today brought the total number of cases diagnosed in the last seven days ...

‘Relentless’ virus infects 13 more

ALPENA — Thirteen more Northeast Michigan residents are infected with the coronavirus as it continues to spread at rates not seen since the spring and the Alpena hospital renewed restrictions on visitors. Thursday’s report was the largest single-day spike since April 21, when 23 cases ...

Whitmer tightens social gathering limits

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Thursday tightened restrictions on indoor social gatherings and shifted the Traverse City region backward in Michigan’s reopening plan, saying coronavirus hospitalizations have doubled in three weeks and the statewide death rate has ...

13 Northeast Michiganders infected, hospital limits visitors

ALPENA -- Thirteen more Northeast Michigan residents are infected with the coronavirus as it continues to spread at rates not seen since the spring and the Alpena hospital renewed restrictions on visitors. Today's report was the largest single-day spike since April 21, when 23 cases were ...

Seven-day infection total highest since spring

ALPENA -- The weekly number of new coronavirus infections among Northeast Michiganders is higher than at any point since April as a second wave of COVID-19 infections continues to surge. In the past seven days, the region’s positive test count increased by 40, according to a News analysis of ...

Officials: School virus plans working

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan school routines have been repeatedly disrupted since classes began this fall, but district officials and local public health experts insist the school year is going well, overall. Schools have reported 11 instances of students or staff either being infected ...

1st Northeast Michigander since August dies after virus infection

ALPENA -- One more Alcona County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, local public health officials said today, the first virus-related death of a Northeast Michigander since Aug. 20. Two more more Alpena County residents and two more ...

Red Brick, Bolton Bar possible virus exposure sites, Health Departments say

ALPENA -- Local public health officials announced two new public exposure sites today, encouraging the public to monitor for symptoms if they visited the Red Brick Tap and Barrel in downtown Alpena from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday or Bolton Bar in Posen from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Health ...