MADISON, WI (AP)--   More than 1,000 people have died of the coronavirus in Wisconsin since the pandemic began six months ago.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported 61,785 confirmed cases and 1,006 deaths statewide. That death count is the 28th highest in the country overall and the 37th highest per capita at just over 17 deaths per 100,000 people.

Milwaukee County had nearly half of all the state’s deaths with 459, based on state Department of Health data.

UPPER PENINSULA, MI--   Responses to the Coronavirus pandemic sees continued legislation from state and federal government such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and businesses from across the Upper Peninsula may have questions or concerns about how this legislation will impact them as an employer. 

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.

Talking through efforts on campus to reopen and bring faculty, students and staff back safely. Guests include Mike Bath and Cindy Paavola, Co-Directors of the NMU Emergency Response Team

NMU Music Department

Choir members miss singing with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, with safety concerns and with cases of the virus rising, decisions had to be made regarding how best to move forward with choir activities at Northern Michigan University.

The regular rehearsal season for the Marquette Choral Society is cancelled this fall, to protect the health of its members (they've shifted to more of a music appreciation / choral music study format). The University Choir and Arts Chorale are still rehearsing, although using social distancing, specially-designed choral masks, breaks, and surface cleaning. And, they will be using technology and the internet to bring the choir experience to people virtually.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Dr. Colwitz about how her and the NMU Department of Music coordinated the changes:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Five people from the Northern Michigan University community have tested positive for COVID-19. 

NMU is testing all students, faculty and staff. To date, the university has conducted 3,800 tests and received 900 results, five of which were positive. None of the positives live on campus.

Officials have initiated contact tracing. Due to privacy laws, no other information about the individuals is being released.

LANSING, MI--   In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as students return to Michigan college and university communities, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) will host a series of webinars for retail, bars, restaurants and other businesses in seven Michigan college towns.

HANCOCK, MI--   Officials with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department are concerned about a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, apparently from group activities. 

More than 90 cases were reported in Gogebic County in the last 30 days. Overall numbers for the department’s jurisdiction climbed about 120 cases in the same period.

Officials have traced exposures to recent softball tournaments in Marenisco the weekend of July 17 and in Mercer, Wisconsin the weekend of August 1, and at the Chairman’s Open Golf Tournament in Watersmeet July 25.

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.