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Coronavirus

Gov. Whitmer Lifts Mask Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Michiganders

LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday at 9 ...

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

WASHINGTON — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “Today is a great day ...

Health department sets vaccination clinic

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for individuals age 16 and over from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University. To schedule an appointment, use this ...

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A photo symbolizing “love and compassion” of an 85-year-old Brazilian woman getting her first embrace in five months from a nurse through a transparent “hug curtain” was named the World Press Photo of the Year on Thursday. ...

Virus variant found in western U.P.

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has notified the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories has identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in five Houghton County cases. The variant is believed to have emerged in the United ...

NMU proposes post-pandemic plan; Musicians entertain Mission Point residents

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson is seeking campus-wide input on proposed updates to NMU’s strategic plan that reflect new priorities for the post-pandemic phase. The revised Investing in Innovation plan includes the additional focus areas of equity in ...

Travelers urged to test for virus

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urge Michiganders to get tested for COVID-19 upon returning from spring break in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Students and families traveling across Michigan, to other states or ...

All Michigan adults age 16 and up to become eligible for vaccine on April 5

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced Friday that the state is expanding its vaccination eligibility for residents age 16 and up with disabilities or medical conditions beginning on March 22. In addition, the state also ...

Global rise in childhood mental health issues amid pandemic

PARIS (AP) — By the time his parents rushed him to the hospital, 11-year-old Pablo was barely eating and had stopped drinking entirely. Weakened by months of self-privation, his heart had slowed to a crawl and his kidneys were faltering. Medics injected him with fluids and fed him through a ...

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 ...