LANSING, MI (AP)--   A top health official is defending Michigan’s handling of nursing home residents infected with the coronavirus. 

Robert Gordon is director of the state Department of Health and Human Services. He told lawmakers Wednesday that Michigan's performance is “strong” compared with other states.

ALLENDALE, MI (AP)--   Students at Grand Valley State University have been ordered to hunker down for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the western Michigan campus.

There have been more than 600 cases of COVID-19 among students since Aug. 23, with the majority among students living off campus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Menominee County has reported its first COVID-19 death. 

Officials from Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties say the woman was hospitalized August 31 and died at a Green Bay hospital Tuesday.

Twenty-three new COVID cases were reported in the U.P. Tuesday. Marquette and Delta counties added six each; Menominee added four; Dickinson, Houghton and Schoolcraft counties added two each; and Iron County reported one new case.

A total of 1,313 coronavirus cases have been lab-confirmed in the U.P. Twenty-one people have died.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   A county has ordered a two-week quarantine for 23 fraternities and sororities and seven large rental houses near Michigan State University following a coronavirus outbreak that a local health official says is turning into a “crisis.”

The quarantine, which is mandatory, means students or others living in the buildings cannot leave except for medical care or necessities that cannot be delivered.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health officials are strongly recommending that Michigan State University students living on or near the school’s East Lansing campus self-quarantine immediately because of an outbreak of COVID-19. 

The Ingham County Health Department says at least a third of the 342 people affiliated with the university who have tested positive for the virus since Aug. 24 attended parties or social gatherings. At least one third of those gatherings were associated with fraternities or sororities.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department says contact tracing has led to the Kildare Irish American Pub on Washington Street in Marquette. 

Anyone who was at the restaurant last Wednesday and Thursday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should monitor themselves for symptoms. Those who become symptomatic should contact their medical provider.

Testing information can be found on the Marquette County Health Department website at

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is demanding that the University of Wisconsin-Madison close undergraduate dorms to contain the coronavirus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday.

Houghton, Menominee and Iron counties each had one and Marquette County reported two. As of Tuesday afternoon 918 cases of the coronavirus were lab-confirmed in the U.P. Eighteen people have died of COVID-19. 

At Northern Michigan University officials are waiting on the results of only 12 coronavirus tests. Of the 7,697 tests administered 36 returned positive. They include three employees, nine off-campus students, and 24 on-campus students.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan legislators have given final approval to bills that would provide flexibility for K-12 schools as they prepare to open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will sign the legislation to waive physical attendance and minimum instruction requirements to allow for remote classes. The legislation would give districts and charter schools the option to choose in-person instruction, online or a hybrid based on consulting with local health departments.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Results of Northern Michigan University COVID-19 tests are coming back slower than expected.

President Fritz Erickson says the rising number of national cases has lengthened the return of results from 2-3 days to 3-4 days.

The university has tested 3,800 people so far. Five tests have come back positive. Erickson says the five were a combination of students, faculty and staff. None of the positives are residing in residence halls.