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Coronavirus

US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and ...

FEMA opens mass vaccine sites as bad weather hampers efforts

By EUGENE GARCIA and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly and reach minority communities hit hard by the ...

NMU is virus free

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University, as of Monday morning, has zero students in quarantine and no active positive cases of COVID-19. NMU’s live COVID-19 reporting dashboard featured “many zeros” on Monday, said NMU Chief Marketing Officer Derek Hall. “Zero active cases in our ...

UK opens quarantine hotels, pushes on with vaccine

LONDON (AP) — Britain's newly established quarantine hotels received their first guests on Monday as the government tries to prevent new coronavirus variants from derailing its fast-moving vaccination drive. Passengers arriving at London's Heathrow Airport were escorted by security guards ...

Health department to begin calling people on pre-registration list Tuesday

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department on Friday afternoon said it will begin calling individuals from the COVID-19 vaccine clinic pre-registration list to schedule appointments beginning next week. MCHD staff will be calling those on the pre-registration list beginning on ...

Thousands respond to vaccination pre-registration

MARQUETTE — As of late Tuesday, over 4,700 Marquette County residents have responded to the COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration system. The Marquette County Health Department announced that the system for individuals age 65 and over launched at 10 a.m. Monday, and will continue to be ...

National Guard expanding COVID efforts

MARQUETTE — The Michigan National Guard is expanding its COVID-19 response force for vaccination and testing efforts across the state. Almost 300 additional guard members are being deployed to support this mission, according to the State Emergency Operations Center. The effort was to ...

Vaccine shortage slows effort to end pandemic

LANSING — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies — something ...

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. In a report ...

Dutch see new coronavirus infections fall, credit lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has fallen for the second week in a row, its public health institute said Tuesday, calling the decrease “the first effect” of a nationwide lockdown that began in mid-December. The announcement came ...

Mexico sees bump in tourism amid pandemic

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States. They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who ...

Holocaust survivor Tucarman dies from COVID-19

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Iancu Tucarman, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Romania, was buried Monday after dying from COVID-19 last week. He was 98. Dozens gathered at Tucarman's funeral in Bucharest to pay respects and mark a horrific legacy of World War II. The funeral ...

London’s field hospital to be used amid acute COVID pressure

LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Health Service will from next week employ a little-used field hospital specially built at a huge exhibition center in east London in the early days of the pandemic last spring. NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said Thursday that the pressures facing ...

Death of 9 nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents

By MARY ESCH Associated Press LATHAM, N.Y. — Through the month of December, mixed in with joyful Christmas messages, death announcements filled the Facebook page of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as a coronavirus outbreak took its toll in a residence for retired and infirm ...

UK leader vows to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate vulnerable population

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that his government would use “every available second” to shield the elderly and the vulnerable from the virus rampaging across Britain as he told Parliament on Wednesday why the country needed to return to a COVID-19 ...

Swiss extend virus-related closures

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities announced plans on Wednesday to shut all restaurants, bars, sports facilities and cultural institutions through February in response to persistently high coronavirus transmission rates, ending exemptions that have allowed some regions where infections are lower ...

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines given

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find ...

Cases found at nursing home

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming has announced eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility reported in a Wednesday Facebook post that no residents tested positive from last week’s testing, but three of the staff members who tested ...

COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan’s Big House has been transformed into The Big Vaccine Clinic. A few hundred University of Michigan medical professionals and students who work in health care settings received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday at Michigan Stadium, ...