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Coronavirus

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 ...

Dear Annie: Planning brings up past pain

Dear Annie: My husband and I are 72 and have had a good life together, raising two boys who have become really good men. Their wives and our grandchildren are the best. Here’s my dilemma: We’re meeting with a financial planner in a week, and we were given papers to read and questions to ...

MDHHS issues new emergency order: Gathering sizes are restricted

MARQUETTE — To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon on Friday issued an emergency order restricting gathering sizes and requiring face coverings in public spaces and childcare facilities. The order also places capacity ...

Trump says he and first lady tested positive for coronavirus

Trump says he and first lady tested positive for coronavirus AP-US-Virus-Outbreak-Trump, 19th Ld-Writethru Oct 02, 2020 3:03AM (GMT 07:03) - 1303 words Eds: MAJOR UPDATE: New approach. Adds more details, including questions about why it took so long for Trump to be tested. Adds Trump ...

MTU halts in-person instruction for two weeks

HANCOCK — Michigan Technological University became the latest educational institution to move to virtual learning for two weeks in response to rising COVID-19 rates and community spread in the area, which also included the second COVID-19 death in the Copper Country. The move to online ...