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.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A new report shows the University of Wisconsin System paid out nearly $70 million in coronavirus-related refunds to students last year.

The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Tuesday that shows the system paid out $68.5 million in housing and food service refunds to students after campuses closed in March as the pandemic was taking hold in Wisconsin.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin officials have partnered with a medical testing company to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests as the state set a new record for disease-related deaths.

Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that his administration has struck a deal with Vault Medical Services to provide free at-home COVID-19 saliva tests. Anyone interested in a test can order one through the state Department of Health Services website starting immediately.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin reported 84 new deaths due to complications from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,399 since the pandemic began.

The additional deaths confirmed Saturday mark more than 350 deaths in the past week. Wisconsin’s death count is the 23rd highest in the country overall and the 32nd highest per capita at 79 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its epidemic order today to allow indoor activities where Michiganders can remain masked, as this has been scientifically shown to slow the virus.

LANSING, MI--   A month after its statewide release, the MI Covid Alert app has been downloaded nearly 500,000 times.

After a positive test result is entered into the app, close contacts—people who have been within six feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period—will receive an anonymous push notification letting them know they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It also gives the number of days since the possible exposure took place. No personally identifiable information is required or shared with other users.