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Coronavirus

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, ...

PWPL youth events

January Kids Take & Make Kit Pickup Monday, Jan. 4. 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., Peter White Public Library parking lot doors. January Kits include everything you need to participate in Cupcake Wars! Bake, decorate, and share a picture of your completed masterpiece. For youth ages 4-12. No ...

A pandemic Christmas: Services move online, many people stay home

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press ROME — Families that usually reunite on Christmas over a hearty, lingering meal stayed home Friday, services were held online, and gift exchanges were low-key in one of the most unusual holiday seasons in decades. The ...

$900B COVID relief bill passed by Congress, sent to Trump

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall ...

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday following a week in which he met with numerous European leaders. The French and Spanish prime ministers and EU Council president were among many top officials self-isolating because they had recent contact ...

Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high

By DAVID RISING Associated Press BERLIN — Germany reported a record level of coronavirus deaths as it entered a harder lockdown Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to bring down stubbornly high new daily infections. The country recorded 179.8 virus infections per 100,000 ...

Greeks face lockdown Christmas, but with books and tidy hair

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The bulk of Greece’s lockdown measures will remain in place over the Christmas period although bookshops and hairdressers can reopen next week and the quarantine on people entering the country will be relaxed, authorities said Friday. All other retail stores, ...

Health department: 14 days remains the quarantine standard

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department has clarified the change in quarantine requirements for COVID-19. The MCHD said that on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance regarding the length of the quarantine period for individuals at high ...

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for 1st time

By SAM METZ Associated Press The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans in the hospital with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according ...

GOP senator: Let high schools decide about opening

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A Republican lawmaker pressed a top state health official Thursday to lift an order closing all Michigan high schools to in-person instruction due to the coronavirus, saying the decision should be left at the local level. "Let the parents ...

UN and world leaders meet to forge path to end pandemic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly president opened the world body’s first special session on COVID-19 Thursday, calling it a historic and overdue moment of reckoning to forge a path to end the pandemic that not only ensures people everywhere have access to vaccines but ...

Supreme Court orders another look

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices’ recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. The high ...

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 ...