MARQUETTE, MI--   The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula went up by 24 Monday.

As of 3 p.m. Menominee County had 11 new cases; there were three each in Luce and Dickinson counties; two each in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties; and one each in Marquette, Chippewa and Iron counties.

The Michigan Department of Corrections also says 29 inmates and two staff members have tested positive at the Newberry Correctional Facility. Those numbers are not included in U.P. totals.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A federal judge questioned whether it would be right to order an easing of Wisconsin’s absentee voting regulations ahead of the November presidential election.

Democrats and allied groups sued ahead of the state's April election demanding that Judge William Conley ease absentee voting requirements as the pandemic began. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked them but the groups renewed their requests for November.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House and state Senate have canceled plans for in-person meetings this week in Lansing. 

That’s after a Republican lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19. Senator Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) said he’s not experiencing significant symptoms, but is self-isolating.

“I have done my best to make contact with those I have been around in the past couple of weeks so that they may also seek medical advice,” Barrett said in a written statement. “I look forward to resuming my work schedule as quickly as possible.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials say 22 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Upper Peninsula Monday.

Menominee County recorded the most with 9. Gogebic County reported 3 and Dickinson and Delta counties 2 each. And Alger, Chippewa, Houghton, Mackinac, Marquette and Ontonagon counties had one case each. That brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.P. to 561. Eighteen people have died.

On Monday the state reported 604 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Six people died of the virus.

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

Marquette, Menominee and Mackinac counties reported one each, while Iron County reported two. That brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.P. during the pandemic to 443. Eighteen people have died from the virus.

The State of Michigan confirmed 669 new cases Tuesday as part of its daily count. Sixteen people reportedly died. 


MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center and local health departments are offering drive-through COVID-19 testing twice in the next week. 

It’s being held Wednesday, 7/29 from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Central Time at the Spalding Township Hall in Powers and next Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gladstone Senior Center.

Residents must register in advance by calling 844-947-4854 during business hours to schedule a drive-through appointment. Those who want to be tested should contact their insurance company directly to learn if the cost will be covered.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An employee at Marquette’s Tourist Park has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The employee works at the campground and last reported to work on July 22. The city was notified of the positive test result Sunday and enacted COVID-19 response protocols.

No additional details are being provided.

The Marquette County Health Department is actively involved in the case and is conducting contact tracing.

City employees who feel ill or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are directed not to come to work.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials say the number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased dramatically in the Upper Peninsula.

The health officers and medical directors of the U.P.’s six health departments say the region has gone from being considered “low risk” for infection to “medium” and is moving toward “high risk.” They say a large number of people came to the U.P. and brought the virus with them.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Health officials reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday. 

Gogebic County saw five new cases, Houghton, Delta and Menominee counties saw two each and Schoolcraft County recorded one. They bring the total number of coronavirus cases identified in the U.P. to 366. Eighteen people have died.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday the state reported 573 new COVID cases. Nine people died from the virus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is tracing positive COVID-19 cases back to McCarty’s Cove on the 4th of July. 

Hundreds of mostly young people packed the beach without wearing masks or socially distancing on Independence Day.

Health officials say there have been at least two confirmed cases linked to that event. Anyone who attended the gathering at McCarty’s Cove should monitor themselves for symptoms and contact their doctor if they become symptomatic.