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Coronavirus

Black clergy, United Way launching anti-COVID-19 effort

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK — Black clergy leaders are joining forces with the United Way of New York City for a new initiative designed to combat the coronavirus’ outsized toll on African Americans through ramped-up testing, contact tracing and treatment ...

New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of ceremony

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It’s now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats: A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on ...

US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — St. Michael’s College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks. But in mid-October, cases at the small Vermont school started to climb. The outbreak was linked to an ice ...

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she’s only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays. But on a recent sunny day, COVID-19 seemed far away ...

Thanksgiving could make or break US coronavirus response

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my ...

COVID-19 Update: Judge won’t stop ban on indoor dining

MARQUETTE — A judge on Friday declined to immediately stop a three-week ban on indoor dining in Michigan, the latest COVID-19 restriction imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration, The Associated Press reported. A restraining order wasn’t appropriate, especially when the state ...

A different kickoff to the Christmas season

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township tree lighting on Tuesday will look a little different this year, but officials are determined that neither COVID-19 or the Grinch will steal Christmas this year. Marquette Township Manager Jon Kangas said the event will go on as planned on Tuesday, with a ...

UPHS reimplements restrictions

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette again is implementing certain visitor restrictions since the Upper Peninsula continues to see a rising number of COVID-19 cases and increased transmission rate. UPHS-Marquette announced that its previous limited visitation for inpatients only has been ...

Saunders updates parents on COVID-19

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders on Tuesday issued a letter to parents and guardians of MAPS students that explains some of the school district’s activities in the coming weeks. On Sunday, the Michigan ...

Virus testing sites abound

MARQUETTE — A new list shows nearly 90% of Michiganders live within 30 minutes of a free COVID-19 testing site. Sorted by the MI Safe Start Michigan Economic Recovery Council regions, the list shows all known testing locations in Michigan. The list is available at ...

NMU adapting to emergency order

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson has outlined what NMU life will be like following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Sunday announcement of a three-week emergency order containing new COVID-19 restrictions. The order lasts through Dec. ...

New virus restrictions

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a new emergency order targeting indoor social gatherings on Sunday. Under the order, which takes effect Wednesday for a duration of three weeks, Michigan restaurants, bars and casinos will be closed to indoor dining. ...

Michigan halts high school classes, indoor restaurant dining

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and stopped organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan's spiking coronavirus cases. The ...

India’s festive mood raises fears of surge of the coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — The crowds filling shopping areas ahead of the Diwali festival of lights today are raising hopes of India’s distressed business community after months of lockdown losses but also spawning fears of a massive coronavirus upsurge. People who’ve restricted their purchases ...

Tentative signs show UK’s virus outbreak is leveling off

LONDON (AP) — Some tentative signs emerged Friday to suggest that the U.K.’s coronavirus resurgence is leveling off after wide-ranging restrictions were imposed. In its weekly survey of new infections, Britain’s statistics agency said the rate of growth of the virus in England appeared ...

COVID-19 cases spike, especially in eastern U.P.

MARQUETTE — COVID-19 cases continue to spike in parts of the eastern Upper Peninsula. The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department reported on Friday that those four counties have a combined total of 134 cases. As of Thursday, the total across those counties is 547, an ...

Retail therapy, last pints: England readies for its new lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Last-minute shoppers in England were out in force Wednesday and thirsty drinkers planned their final freshly poured pints in a pub for the next month as Britain prepared to join large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being ...

As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no crowds at Disneyland, still shut down by the coronavirus. Fewer fans attended the World Series this year than at any time in the past century. Big concerts are canceled. But it’s a different story in Trumpland. Thousands of President Donald Trump’s ...

Police sidelined by coronavirus

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (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. “We’ll ...

COVID-19 UPDATE: MDHHS launches mental wellness campaign

MARQUETTE — Mental health experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are launching a statewide media campaign this week urging residents to seek relief from COVID-19-related emotional distress by talking to a trained crisis counselor and learning about other help ...