LANSING, MI (AP)--   The break is over: Any Michigan retailer selling cans or bottles with 10-cent deposits must accept them. 

The state in June began reinstating the collection of returnables, first at large grocery stores that have machines. Now the state says any store must take cans and bottles and redeem the deposits.

Because of the coronavirus, consumers were prohibited from returning cans and bottles for weeks, starting in March.

The state said stores can limit the number of hours for returns. Deposit refunds also can be capped at $25 per day.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A slowdown in the state’s software system resulted in additional COVID-19 cases in Thursday’s numbers that could have been attributed to Wednesday.

The glitch was repaired and no information was lost, but Thursday’s tally represents a new record for the U.P. and the state. Thursday afternoon’s Upper Peninsula case count increased by 168.

The number by county is as follows:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The number of new coronavirus cases in the Upper Peninsula increased by 102. Wednesday.

The number by county is as follows:















One death was recorded in Baraga County and one in Dickinson.

A total of 3,661 COVID-19 cases have been lab-confirmed in the U.P. The death toll stands at 62.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s chief health officer is warning that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

The state says Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week. About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, says it's critical to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Marquette Branch Prison is bringing in extra staff to help it deal with a coronavirus outbreak that has idled 79 staffers, while 158 inmates have tested positive.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says 28 staff are off right now after testing positive, 37 staff are off work as close contacts and 14 staff are off because they are symptomatic.

Byron Osborn, president of the Michigan Corrections Organization union, says many state prisons are already “significantly” understaffed, and that is exacerbated during the virus outbreak.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials added 135 new COVID-19 cases Monday to the U.P. count, which includes Sunday numbers.  

The number per county is as follows:

  • Alger-7
  • Delta-19
  • Dickinson-44
  • Gogebic-2
  • Houghton-15
  • Iron-6
  • Keweenaw-1
  • Mackinac-10
  • Marquette-14
  • Menominee-11
  • Ontonagon-4
  • Schoolcraft-2

Eight deaths were reported: one in Delta County, one in Houghton and six in Iron County.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials say 136 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Upper Peninsula Thursday.

The cases per county are as follows:

  • Alger-2
  • Baraga-5
  • Chippewa-1
  • Delta-28
  • Dickinson-28
  • Gogebic-4
  • Houghton-36
  • Iron-3
  • Keweenaw-2
  • Mackinac-2
  • Marquette-1
  • Menominee-21
  • Ontonagon-2
  • Schoolcraft-1

Four deaths were also reported.

As of Thursday afternoon a total of 3,149 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the U.P. Fifty people have died.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sixty-eight new coronavirus cases were added to the U.P. tally Tuesday.

The number per county is as follows:

  • Baraga-1
  • Delta-3
  • Dickinson-22
  • Gogebic-1
  • Houghton-7
  • Iron-6
  • Luce-4
  • Mackinac-8
  • Marquette-4
  • Menominee-11
  • Schoolcraft-1

One death was reported in Dickinson County and one in Iron County.

As of Tuesday afternoon a total of 2,930 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula. Forty-four people have died.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Confirmed Upper Peninsula coronavirus cases increased by 144 Wednesday.

The numbers by county are as follows:

  • Baraga-1
  • Chippewa-1
  • Delta-61
  • Dickinson-7
  • Gogebic-2
  • Houghton-37
  • Iron-8
  • Keweenaw-2
  • Marquette-8
  • Menominee-16
  • Ontonagon-1

One person died.

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 2,432 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the U.P. and 32 people have died. 


MARQUETTE, MI--    Northern Michigan University is holding its own when it comes to the coronavirus.

That’s according to President Fritz Erickson. In an email to campus Wednesday Erickson answered some questions posed to him from students and staff. He said there are six active cases of COVID-19 on campus, and out of 370 completed surveillance tests only two came back positive.

Northern’s next testing of randomly selected students, faculty and staff begins October 12.