MARQUETTE, MI--   The following is an email from Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson to the campus community:

NMU Students, Faculty and Staff,

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month.

Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 nearly double. The governor says Michigan is at a “dangerous moment.” She pleaded Wednesday for people to wear a mask and socially distance.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An additional 114 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.P. Wednesday.

The number of cases per county is as follows: 












One death was reported in Delta County.

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 4,550 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula. Seventy-six people have died.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The Wisconsin Department of Health Services secretary is warning people to scrap any plans for Thanksgiving gatherings as COVID-19 surges across the state.

DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said during a teleconference with reporters Tuesday that people should limit Thanksgiving dinners to people within their households. Gov. Tony Evers said during the teleconference that people should plan to watch the University of Wisconsin’s football opener against Illinois on Friday alone at home.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Students at the University of Michigan must stay in place for two weeks after a surge of coronavirus cases driven by social gatherings on and off campus. 

The Washtenaw County Health Department says the surge is overwhelming its ability to confront the pandemic. More than 1,000 students have been infected since the start of the fall term, despite limits on the size of gatherings and classes that are mostly held online.

MARQUETTE, MI--   More than half of the inmates at the Marquette Branch Prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the 981 prisoners tested, 516 were lab-confirmed. Officials say 507 of those cases are considered active.

As of Monday evening 117 prison staff had also tested positive for the coronavirus. Those numbers are highest of any prison in Michigan.

Sources say more than 200 low-level prisoners have been transferred to the Newberry Correctional Facility, which contains 52 active cases within the inmate population. Ten Newberry staff have tested positive.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sunday and Monday numbers, plus Saturday data from Marquette County, amount to a total of 255 new coronavirus cases and six deaths reported in the U.P.

The number per county is as follows:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A slowdown in the state’s software system resulted in additional COVID-19 cases in Thursday’s numbers that could have been attributed to Wednesday.

The glitch was repaired and no information was lost, but Thursday’s tally represents a new record for the U.P. and the state. Thursday afternoon’s Upper Peninsula case count increased by 168.

The number by county is as follows:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The number of new coronavirus cases in the Upper Peninsula increased by 102. Wednesday.

The number by county is as follows:















One death was recorded in Baraga County and one in Dickinson.

A total of 3,661 COVID-19 cases have been lab-confirmed in the U.P. The death toll stands at 62.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s chief health officer is warning that the state could be beginning a second wave of the coronavirus as cases rise along with the number of people in hospitals.

The state says Michigan had 89 new cases per 1 million people per day, up from 81.6 cases last week. About 700 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals, up about 20% from last week. The rate of positive tests has ticked up to 3.6% from 3.4%.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, says it's critical to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.