IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Iron Mountain Republican said in a Facebook post he received the test results Tuesday. LaFave had symptoms similar to a sinus infection over the weekend and has been quarantining at home.  He’s working with staff at the Capitol in Lansing to inform people who were in contact with him.

LaFave says he was following the protocols of wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing before he became sick.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The COVID-19 state of emergency in Michigan has been extended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer through October 27th.

This action is not a surprise since Governor Whitmer already said she intended to renew the emergency declaration. But it’s still controversial since her authority to do so and continue to issue emergency orders is being challenged in court.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula just keeps climbing.

Sunday and Monday numbers together totaled 139. The new case count per county is as follows:











One person died in Delta County and two in Iron County.

As of Monday afternoon a total of 2,183 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula. Twenty-nine people have died.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University is transitioning to remote instruction only for lecture-based classes until October 12.

Because of a surge in the number of area COVID-19 cases the school has risen to Health and Safety Level Four on its Return to Campus Protocol. Classes will be taught online for two weeks starting no later than Wednesday. Instructors will contact students regarding the modality of their lab, Senior Design, Enterprise, and other experiential-based courses. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to no more than 25 people.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Ninety-three new COVID-19 cases were added to the Upper Peninsula’s total Thursday.

The numbers per county are as follows:

  • Baraga-5
  • Delta-18
  • Dickinson-9  
  • Houghton-26
  • Iron-14
  • Luce-1
  • Marquette-4
  • Menominee-16

No deaths were reported Thursday.

The Upper Peninsula is now at risk level ‘D’ – the second-highest in the state’s new risk identification system. The U.P. has more than 70 cases per million people.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Health officials reported 90 new coronavirus cases in the Upper Peninsula Wednesday—the highest single-day total since the pandemic began.

The number of cases per county are as follows:

  • Alger-2
  • Delta-29
  • Dickinson-2
  • Houghton-30
  • Iron-7
  • Mackinac-3
  • Marquette-7
  • Menominee-7
  • Schoolcraft-3

Three people died of the virus.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Gov. Tony Evers has extended Wisconsin’s mask mandate until Nov. 21, citing a surge in coronavirus cases across the state, particularly on college campuses.

The order has been in effect since August and was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers on Tuesday extended the order even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged by conservatives in court.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula.

As of Tuesday afternoon the additions were as follows:

  • Baraga County-2
  • Delta-10
  • Dickinson-3
  • Gogebic-1
  • Houghton-5
  • Iron-13
  • Keweenaw-1
  • Marquette-3
  • Menominee-3.

That brings the total number of cases reported in the U.P. to 1,659. Twenty-three people have died.

The state of Michigan has recorded 117,910 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. A total of 6,680 have died from COVID-19.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   The Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls says 15 residents tested positive for COVID-19 last week and one more Tuesday. That brings the total number of residents with the coronavirus to 21.

As of Tuesday afternoon 13 employees were also positive. Officials say the outbreak is mostly within the dementia unit and all patients have been quarantined together.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked business owners to be patient with her executive orders and other actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Democratic governor engaged in an online question-and-answer session Thursday before the Small Business Association of Michigan. The governor said there are ups and downs, but a return to something closer to what normal was pre-pandemic should come within months, not years.