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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials say 85 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the U.P. Thursday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has canceled voting sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus, complicating the Legislature’s final days of business in the two-year term.

Speaker Lee Chatfield says the employee works with several lawmakers and committees but “had nothing to do with” a hearing attended last week by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials say 81 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday.

The number per county is as follows:

  • Alger-1
  • Baraga-9
  • Chippewa-8
  • Delta-2
  • Dickinson-13
  • Gogebic-6
  • Houghton-18
  • Iron-4
  • Mackinac-2
  • Marquette-4
  • Menominee-9
  • Ontonagon-3
  • Schoolcraft-2

Six people reportedly died: one in Chippewa, two in Dickinson, two in Marquette, and one in Menominee County.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the epidemic order that restricts indoor social gatherings and other group activities. The additional 12 days will allow the department to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is “doing very well” after contracting the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in states Giuliani visited last week on behalf of the president’s push to subvert his election loss are scrambling to make sure they did not contract the virus. Giuliani has on numerous occasions met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask, including hearings with state lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan last week.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated guidance on COVID-19 quarantine periods based on scientific findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are backing a $100 million coronavirus relief package, about a fifth of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend on fighting the virus.

But it doesn’t appear Senate Republicans are on board, let alone Evers. The Legislature has not met since April, even as virus numbers have spiked in Wisconsin. Senate Republican Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday that Senate Republicans had “serious concerns” about new spending.

The back and forth came on the day that Wisconsin reported a new record-high number of deaths.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula added 162 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases Monday.

The number per county is as follows:

  • Baraga-1
  • Delta-32
  • Dickinson-26
  • Gogebic-13
  • Houghton-9
  • Iron-12
  • Mackinac-5
  • Marquette-31
  • Menominee-32
  • Schoolcraft-1

Four people died: three in Dickinson County and one in Menominee County.

As of Monday evening a total of 11,887 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the U.P. Officials say 250 people have died.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The medical director for most of the U.P.’s health departments says COVID levels are surging in the region because residents have let their guard down.

Dr. Robert Lorinser says cases are at a critical level.

“Critical means I’m concerned about the hospitals being able to take care of the sick people. That we have enough ICU beds available, we have enough floor beds available. That we have resources to take care of people if they need to be transported to other places.”