Marquette County Health Department

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Health officials continue to test private drinking water wells near the former Marquette County Airport in Negaunee Township for harmful PFAS chemicals.

The toxic chemicals are in firefighting foam used at airports.

Patrick Jacuzzo is Director of Environmental Health the Marquette County Health Department.

“There’s some training requirement and testing of equipment that’s involved with that kind of stuff, so there’s a potential that there was some environmental release but it’s not a known fact. There’s no documented release.”   

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is reaching out to homebound residents in an effort to get them COVID-19 vaccines.

MCHD is offering free, in-home Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine appointments to Marquette County residents who are unable to leave their home. It’s a one-shot series recommended for people 18 and older. Appointments will be offered on a weekly basis, per demand.

Those who are interested in scheduling an appointment can call 906-458-0651.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering vaccination clinics this week for anyone 12 and older. 

The clinics will be held Thursday at the NMU Northern Center, Friday at the Gwinn High School Gym and Saturday at the Northern Center.

Appointments for the clinics at Northern Michigan University can be made online at The Gwinn High School clinic will accept walk-ins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., no appointment necessary.

For more information call 906-475-7847.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department will start scheduling vaccination appointments for 16- and 17-year-olds in need of the Pfizer vaccine.

The shot was originally approved for that age group, but because of limited supply and prioritizations hasn’t been widely available until now. First doses will be given at the NMU Northern Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on April 22 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 24.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Anyone over the age of 16 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan.

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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The B.1.1.7. variant of the COVID-19 virus has been identified in Marquette County.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Cases of COVID-19 have nearly tripled in Marquette County over the past week.

That’s according to Health Department Health Officer Gerald Messana. He says about a third of the new cases are associated with outbreaks at youth sporting events, church events and child daycare environments. Messana says it’s imperative everyone works together to reduce the rate of the illness.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is expanding its preregistration process to include anyone 16 and older starting Friday, March 12.