MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin health officials report nearly a quarter of the state’s population has completed COVID-19 vaccination. 

Over 1.4 million people making up 24.3 percent of the state’s population have been completely vaccinated.

However, daily case counts have also been on the rise. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 34 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 569 new cases Sunday, as well as one new death.

To slow the spread and protect Michiganders, Governor urges Michiganders to voluntarily suspend in-person activities for high schools, indoor dining, and youth sports for two weeks.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Five cases of a COVID-19 variant have been identified in Houghton County.

The B.1.1.7 variant is thought to have emerged from the United Kingdom. Compared to the original virus, B.1.1.7 is about 50 percent more transmissible, leading to faster spread and potentially increasing the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

HARRIS, MI--   A potential public exposure to COVID-19 has been identified at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris.

The Marquette County Health Department became aware of the situation through contact tracing. Officials are recommending anyone who attended the concert held by the Journey/Eagles tribute band Faithfully Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Island Showroom monitor themselves for symptoms. Contact your medical provider if you become symptomatic.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan has received a waiver excusing the state from federal accountability procedures requiring high participation rates and progress goals measuring student success.

The U.S. Department of Education said in a letter sent to the state last week that the goal of the waivers is to allow schools to focus on creating metrics to inform teachers and other stakeholders about the needs of students after COVID-19 disrupted classrooms across the state.

Officials try to contain another coronavirus surge in MI

Mar 29, 2021

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Health experts say Michigan is in a race to vaccinate as many adults as possible before the state is again overwhelmed by cases of COVID-19. 

Michigan’s rate of new COVID cases is among the highest in the nation. The number of reported cases per day is at levels not seen since before Christmas. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula health organizations are getting money through the American Rescue Plan.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A variant of the coronavirus is spreading through Marquette County.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A possible public exposure to COVID-19 has been identified at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.

Contact tracing efforts performed by the Marquette County Health Department led to the discovery. The department is recommending anyone who visited Lakeview on March 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Contact your medical provider if symptoms develop.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Ford Field hosts the Detroit Lions and monster truck shows, but starting next week, it will be the largest COVID-19 mass inoculation site in Michigan.

It’s the marquee project to get Michigan to COVID-19 “herd immunity.” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the plan is to administer 6 thousand shots a day over 8 weeks.

“The vaccine train has officially left the station and it’s moving toward our shared destination of vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders 16 and older.”