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Coronavirus

State: Reported nursing home death spike a ‘glitch’

ALPENA -- Deaths did not spike at Northeast Michigan nursing homes, according to updated state data posted online today following a “glitch” that led to erroneous numbers released on Monday. Since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March, nine Northeast Michigan nursing home residents have ...

Religious schools sue to stop virus order

LANSING (AP) — Nonpublic schools sued Monday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration extended a coronavirus order that prevents in-person instruction at high schools, saying it violates the First Amendment right to practice religion. The federal lawsuit, filed in Michigan’s ...

Santa sidelined by virus

ROGERS CITY — In November, Bob Starnes III shaved his beard. In a 2020 Christmas, he figured, he wasn’t going to need it. Watching news reports, Starnes figured he might as well clip the white whiskers that made him a natural as the town’s longtime Santa Claus impersonator. As ...

UPDATED: Northeast Michigan infections spike as Whitmer extends shutdown

ALPENA -- Another resident of Alpena County has died after being infected with COVID-19 and infections and deaths in Northeast Michigan nursing homes spiked today as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended by 12 days a partial shutdown of Michigan’s economy meant to curb the spread of the ...

With virus raging, Winfield trial delayed indefinitely

ALPENA -- The trial of Heather Winfield, a former Alpena Public Schools teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, will be postponed indefinitely, Judge Roy Hayes, of Charlevoix, decided today. Winfield denies the accusations. The News does not identify alleged victims of ...

Northeast Michigan schools extend closures as record infections reported

ALPENA -- Several school districts in Northeast Michigan are keeping kids learning at home until after winter break as public health officials today reported the highest number of infected Northeast Michiganders in a single day since the pandemic began. K-12 students in Alpena Community ...

Gen-Ar’s tells Alpena it’s closing indefinitely

ALPENA — Alpena has lost another business, as the owners of Gen-Ar’s have announced the mom-and-pop-style restaurant is closing its doors indefinitely. Co-owner Darryl Prevo broke the news to the community in a Facebook post, thanking the community for the support over three ...

3 days, 3 virus deaths

ALPENA -- For the third day in a row, health officials reported today that an Alcona County resident has died after being infected with the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Alpena Public Schools announced via Facebook this evening that remote learning for all students will be extended through Dec. 23, ...

Officials: Mass vaccination by spring or summer

ALPENA -- MidMichigan Health officials say they could begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers as soon as Dec. 14 if a vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration next week. But it could be summer before the vaccine is widely administered to the general ...

Cautious optimism, uncertainty as state virus cases decline

LANSING (AP) — A top Michigan health official said Tuesday she was cautiously optimistic that more residents took steps to combat the surging coronavirus last month, citing declining case rates, but warned that the spread remains significant and the effect of Thanksgiving will not be known ...

Another lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

LANSING (AP) — State Rep. John Chirkun said Monday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming at least the 10th member of the Legislature to be infected since the pandemic hit Michigan more than eight months ago. Also, two people in the Senate notified the business office of their ...

More than 1,000 Northeast Michiganders actively infected

ALPENA -- With 45 new infections and the death of an Alcona County resident announced today, more than 1,000 Northeast Michiganders are now actively infected with COVID-19 and could infect others, according to a News analysis of local public health data. The sharp spike in infections -- the ...

2 more virus deaths reported

ALPENA -- Two more Northeast Michigan residents -- one in Presque Isle County and one in Alpena County -- have died after being infected with the coronavirus, public health officials said today as the number of Northeast Michiganders infected since the pandemic began topped 1,200. Since the ...

Rogers City keeps holiday celebrations low-key

ROGERS CITY — For more than two decades, residents of Rogers City have met in the dark on Thanksgiving Eve. Gliding among the hundred-some trees erected in Westminster Park, people in hats and mittens mingle and chat, waiting for the trees to come ablaze with light. This year is ...

Operation Holidays short on toy collection amid pandemic

ALPENA — About 2,000 area kids are counting on Christmas gifts that may not show up under their tree. The Operation Holidays toy and food drive, sponsored each year by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 583 and the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 583, has been hit ...

November infections double last six months combined

ALPENA -- As 34 more Alpena-area residents were reported infected by the coronavirus, Alcona eighth-graders were asked to self-isolate and a school official today issued a reminder that school is still in session, even if it’s virtually, and students are expected to be there. The numbers ...

Alpena County OKs float display over objections

ALPENA -- The Alpena County board on Tuesday approved a drive-thru Christmas display despite traffic concerns from local police agencies and health concerns from regional public health officials trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to host ...

MDHHS virtual social hours to help seniors cope with COVID-19 separation

Older adults experiencing social isolation this Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new opportunity to celebrate the holiday virtually. Through its partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and ...

Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end crisis right away

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can ...

Largest 1-day jump in infected Northeast Michiganders reported

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan today saw its largest one-day jump in newly reported COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began in mid-March. Local public health officials reported 56 newly infected Northeast Michiganders, more than in any other single day. Health officials reported more than ...