MARQUETTE, MI--   The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been detected in a Marquette County resident.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan, which not long ago had among the country’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is confronting an alarming spike that some public health experts worry could be a harbinger nationally.

The resurgence is being fueled by loosened restrictions, a more infectious variant and pandemic fatigue. While rising vaccination rates provide protection for seniors, the upswing is boosting hospitalizations among younger adults and threatening in-person instruction at schools.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 80% of Michigan school districts planned to offer some form of in-person instruction in February, a 20-plus point rise over the previous month amid a decline in the coronavirus’ spread.

Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Colloborative said it is the largest monthly increase since the start of the academic year.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has strongly encouraged schools to provide a face-to-face option by March 1. Just 15% of districts planned to be fully remote this month, down from 35% in January.

MARQUETTE, MI--    Northern Michigan University is proud of its zeroes. Its coronavirus-related zeroes, that is.

The school’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates no current active cases of the virus have been identified in any employees or students, either on-campus or off. No student is being isolated in Spalding Hall and no new cases of the virus have been identified over ten consecutive days.

President Fritz Erickson says everyone on campus should continue to wear face masks, socially distance, and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Khaldun: vaccines will keep COVID mutations at bay

Feb 10, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new more-contagious strain of the coronavirus has been found in 10 counties in Michigan. 

Chief Medical Executive, Doctor Joneigh Khaldun, says getting vaccinated will protect people and stop the virus from mutating.

“Viruses change and mutate when they have the opportunity to spread. So getting vaccinated will not only slow the spread of the usual COVID-19 virus, but it will also prevent the virus from getting the opportunity to mutate as it spreads from person to person,” she says.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University started the first of 14 weekly mass COVID screenings this week.

Officials will test hundreds each week, rotating residence hall students with off-campus students, faculty and staff. The state has asked Michigan colleges and universities to test students regularly to help monitor changes in COVID-19 trends.

The mass screenings are in addition to the first test at the beginning of the semester. NMU President Fritz Erickson says results from that event indicate a positivity rate well below 1 percent.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   Winter research activities at Isle Royale National Park are postponed until next year.

The island has been host since 1959 to a study of the interplay between wolves and moose. But park superintendent Denice Swanke says plans have been put on hold to protect the scientists and support personnel from possible exposure to the coronavirus. The park is closed each year from November 1 to April 15 and researchers use a single cabin.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan will begin moving forward with the vaccination of people 65 and older and frontline essential workers this week. 

The Marquette County Health Department says that includes police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, jail and prison staff, pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department has identified two places in Marquette as potential COVID-19 exposure sites.

Officials say anyone who visited the Canale Tonella Funeral Home on December 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. should monitor themselves for symptoms. An additional community exposure occurred at St, Peter Cathedral on December 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone who develops coronavirus symptoms should contact their medical provider. Testing information can be found on the Marquette County Health Department website at

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan averaged about 3,000 new coronavirus cases a day from Thursday through Saturday.

The state health department also reports 265 additional deaths from COVID-19, including 211 from days or weeks ago that were confirmed through a records check. Michigan is close to 12,600 deaths since last March.

More than 71,000 people in the state have received the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 500 clinics are scheduled in upcoming weeks.