LANSING, MI--   Following last week’s announcement about the plan to reopen indoor dining, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its next epidemic order today, which continues the department’s fact-based

  • $55 million in funding available through Michigan Economic Development Corporation-led relief program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and recent public health orders
  • Application will be open 9 am EST Jan. 19 – Noon EST Jan. 22.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   Winter research activities at Isle Royale National Park are postponed until next year.

The island has been host since 1959 to a study of the interplay between wolves and moose. But park superintendent Denice Swanke says plans have been put on hold to protect the scientists and support personnel from possible exposure to the coronavirus. The park is closed each year from November 1 to April 15 and researchers use a single cabin.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering more COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week in Marquette for those 65 and older.

Clinics will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northern Center on NMU’s campus.

UPPER PENINSULA, MI–   A new round of grant funding is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the recently signed Michigan COVID Relief Plan.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department scheduled a total of 845 coronavirus vaccination appointments for residents 65 and older Wednesday.

That accounts for the total number available based on the department’s current allotment. Officials say while they experienced some technical difficulties getting the online appointment link to work, most of the 517 appointments available through the web were filled within 30 seconds of going live. The remaining

328 appointments were made by phone.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its epidemic order today to allow re-opening of additional activities where Michiganders can remain masked and socially distanced, as this has been scientifically shown to slow the virus.   

This includes indoor group exercise and non-contact sports. The new order is effective Saturday, Jan. 16 and will last until Sunday, Jan. 31.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering the first COVID-19 vaccination clinics for those 65 and older this week.

The clinics take place Thursday and Friday (January 13 and 14) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Baraga Gym at 300 West Spring Street in Marquette. Residents must make an appointment in advance to be given a vaccination. Those who show up without an appointment will not get a vaccine at that time.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin has broken 500,000 positive cases of the coronavirus, two days after the state eclipsed 5,000 deaths.

As of Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 502,012 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,119 have died. Wisconsin’s death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 32nd highest per capita at 94 deaths per 100,000 people.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has decreased by 170, a drop of 5.6%.

Joint Statement from Michigan Education Organizations – AFT-Michigan, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Middle Cities Education Association, and Michigan Education Association

The following statement is from leadership of organizations representing Michigan’s PK-12 Schools:  David Hecker, AFT-Michigan President; Don Wotruba, MASB Executive Director; Tina Kerr, MASA Executive Director; Ray Telman, Middle Cities Executive Director; Paula Herbart, MEA President.