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PHOTO GALLERY: Northeast Michigan responds to coronavirus threat

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Fitzpatrick’s Hardware and Lumber manager Jean Shiemke on Tuesday sanitizes the pinpad at the store.
News Photo by Crystal Nelson Alpena resident Kendall Irwin, left, wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus, on Tuesday stops at Fitzpatrick’s Hardware and Lumber to get some supplies to unflood his basement. He was helped by employee Brian Mayo, right.
News Photo by Crystal Nelson Poster boards hang in the windows of the Big Boy restaurant on Ripley Boulevard to notify the public the restaurant is open for carryout.
News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman is seen in a TikTok video playing on a computer screen in Alpena. Berriman uses social media platforms like TikTok to connect with students during the state-mandated school closure.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Quilter Marlene Rogers stitches/irons one of the colorful masks she’s making to help her neighbors breathe a little easier.
News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe looks at a video screen on which some of his fellow trustees are seen as the township board readies for a virtual meeting on Monday amid coronavirus “social distancing” mandates.
News Photo by Julie Riddle The Seres family, of Alpena, explores Sportsman's Island on Monday afternoon. The family wanted to get out of the house before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for residents to stay at home took effect at midnight, they said.
News Photo by Julie Riddle A customer peruses the shelves at the Alpena Goodwill store shortly before it closed for several weeks as one of the non-essential services ordered closed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday.
News Photo by Julie Riddle A man approaches City Hall late Monday. The building, like many others in Northeast Michigan, is closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Binder clips, a smartphone, and a music stand form a makeshift tech booth at Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers City, one of many local churches that have turned to live streaming worship services in response to statewide restrictions to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
News Photo by Julie Riddle A visitor pays tribute to Officer Lee Grant, of the Alpena Police Department, at a visitation on Friday. Funerals, like so many other parts of everyday life, have felt the effects of widespread restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Courtesy Photo Alpena firefighter/paramedics Doug Krueger, left, and Sam Lucas ready one of the Alpena County ambulances for action on Thursday. The county plans to seek a new, 1.5-mill tax in the August election to continue the service, as well as enhance it.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Michigan State Police troopers and Alpena County Sheriff’s Office deputies assess the scene at a car crash in Alpena on Wednesday. Despite restrictions on personal contact, law enforcement is still on patrol and responding to calls.
News Photo by Julie Riddle An employee prepares a carryout order at Big Boy in Alpena on Wednesday. Like many area restaurants, Big Boy is relying on delivery and carryout orders to keep their business alive.
News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Margaret Richards, a sixth-grader at Thunder Bay Junior High School, is seen playing at the park on Tuesday with her younger sister, Ellasyn, during the statewide school closure.
News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Gregory Stoinski helps his daughter, Abigail, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School, fly her kite Tuesday during the state-wide school closure.
News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Alpena Public Schools staff members and volunteers on Wednesday prepare to give out prepackaged meals at Alpena High School.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Chairs are overturned on tables at the Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders in Alpena on Wednesday as restaurants pushed to survive the state-ordered closure of their dining rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. That was just one of several ripple effects of mandated “social distancing” felt throughout the area this week.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Paramedics from the Alpena Fire Department prepare a patient for transport Tuesday. Safety precautions, such as gloves and masks, help medical responders stay safe when in close contact with people who may be carrying the coronavirus.
News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Bags of dry prepackaged food items are lined up on lunch tables at Alpena High School on Monday.
News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Black Sheep owner Kris Cronger shuts off the bar’s open sign on Monday at 3p.m. to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order forcing the closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The bar will offer curbside pickup, including today for its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinners.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena residents Bob and Mary Wesley and Ron and Lana Cartwright finish lunch at The North Coney Island restaurant as it serves its last meal before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mandated statewide closure went into effect Monday at 3 p.m.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs sprays disinfectant in the 26th Circuit Court courtroom on Monday. Court proceedings will be limited in the coming weeks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Katie Givens, Cassie Crandall, and other shoppers bond over toilet paper at a Dollar General in Alpena on Thursday.
News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The coronavirus testing tent is seen outside the MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena hospital on Thursday night. The Midland-based MidMichigan Health ordered such tents set up outside all of its hospitals' emergency rooms.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Nurse Chris Nielsen applies hand sanitizer at the intensive care nursing station at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Thursday.
News Photo by Julie Riddle Nurse Janae MacArthur sanitizes a surface at the intensive care nursing station at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Thursday. The hospital has always taken steps to maintain a hygienic environment, according to Staci Chroninger, marketing manager at MidMichigan Health. She said visitor restrictions went into place last fall.
News Photo by Crystal Nelson Presque Isle County Emergency Coordinator Sarah Melching updates the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners about the coronavirus on Thursday.
News Photo by Julie Riddle A sign outside of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Tuesday warns patients to not immediately enter the hospital if they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus.
News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A Dial-a-Ride bus drops off a passenger at Dollar General in Alpena on Tuesday afternoon. Business has slowed greatly for the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority over the last week, but the firm intends to continue to provide rides on sterilized buses.

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