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Coronavirus

RATI moves operations to Lakeview Arena

MARQUETTE — In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Room at the Inn has relocated its shelter operations to Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Ave. in Marquette. RATI Executive Director Nick Emmendorfer, in a March 19 Facebook post, asked for the community’s help in finding a space large enough ...

Virus impact: Marquette Branch Prison may be used as isolation area

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Corrections is ramping up measures to combat the coronavirus that might involve the use of the Marquette Branch Prison as an isolation site. As of Wednesday morning, 121 prisoners and one parolee have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, ...

4th Marquette County virus case found

MARQUETTE — An employee at Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Norlite administrator Wayne R. Johnson on Tuesday sent a letter to residents and family members saying it received confirmation about the employee’s diagnosis, noting that the last date the ...

Updates, cancellations, closures continue to impact area

MARQUETTE — Some things can be handled online or via regular mail, which during pre-coronavirus days, typically took place in person. For instance, people can earn their boating, snowmobile or off-road vehicle safety certificates from home with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ...

Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following guidelines

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Public health ...

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed

ORLANDO, Fla. — Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived today with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus’s ...

More than 50 infected with virus at California nursing home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

DETROIT — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday, as statewide cases rose 17% and deaths topped 250. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals, noting that a ...

Lizzo treats Detroit hospital staff to lunch amid pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Music artist Lizzo brought lunch to staff at a Michigan hospital, expressing gratitude for their services during coronavirus pandemic, according to hospital officials. In a Monday Twitter post, Henry Ford Hospital officials announced that the Detroit native provided emergency ...

Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

LANSING — President Donald Trump's allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation's most important swing states. Both sides have tried to ...

Residents respond

MARQUETTE — Residents have come out “Yooper Strong” to donate blood to the UP Health System Regional Blood Center, officials say, but the organization is still in need of O-negative, A-negative and B-negative blood types. “We are just asking (for) the negative blood types we really ...

Salvation Army: Services continued during crisis

MARQUETTE — With more and more new clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is seeking monetary donations to continue providing food for individuals and families in need. The food pantry operations and lunch provided by The Salvation Army in Marquette and Ishpeming will ...

Cancellations, postponements, announcements

MARQUETTE — Schools and organizations continue to change operations and events during the COVID-19 crisis. NICE Community Schools announced that breakfast/lunch combinations will be available for pickup at Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 440 Stoneville Road in Ishpeming, between ...

Propane supply addressed

MARQUETTE — The deadline is fast approaching for residents to comment on the U.P. Energy Task Force’s draft recommendations for the Upper Peninsula propane supply. The task force, which was created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in June, will accept public comment until 5 p.m. April 6 on the ...

Downstate lawmaker killed by virus hailed as cheerful battler

State Rep. Isaac Robinson was devoted to politics and Detroit, battling for decades on behalf of the city's underdogs until succumbing to its latest scourge: the coronavirus. The 44-year-old lawmaker was midway through his first term in the Michigan House when he died Sunday, hours after ...

PWPL offers virtual programming

MARQUETTE — Although Peter White Public Library is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will strive to continue bringing programming to youth and families through Facebook and YouTube. A recorded read-aloud of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will air from 7 to 7:30 p.m. daily through ...

Upcoming meeting canceled

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Planning Commission April 7 meeting has been canceled and the following cases will be moved to the April 21 regular meeting. ≤ 04-SUP-04-20 — 1009 W. Bluff St. (PIN: 0260790): PTA Properties and Verizon Wireless are seeking a Special Land Use permit for a ...

Small business relief applications

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has begun accepting applications for the Michigan Small Business Relief Program and it is time sensitive, as it will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The process is being handled through Lake Superior Community Partnership. ...

Michigan officials plead for ventilators, people to run them

LANSING — Michigan desperately needs thousands of ventilators to treat victims of the coronavirus and more health care workers willing to pitch in during the crisis, state officials said Monday. TCF Center in downtown Detroit soon will be turned into a 900-bed field hospital for COVID-19 ...