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Possible COVID-19 exposure site identified

ESCANABA — Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) has identified a site of potential exposure to COVID-19 at Angel Nails, located inside the Escanaba Meijer. Clients who received services at the establishment may be at a higher risk. The dates of potential exposure are ...

Chamber, OSF to host ’20s-themed ‘non-event’

ESCANABA — The Delta County Chamber of Commerce has announced a “Roaring ‘20s Non-event” presented by OSF HealthCare will replace the Roaring ‘20s Gala planned for May 22 at the Island Resort and Casino. The Chamber of Commerce Special Events Committee decided to transition to the ...

Republicans question vaccine-only metric for reopening

LANSING (AP) — Republican legislative leaders on Friday welcomed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's metric-based approach to further relaxing coronavirus restrictions, but they questioned what will happen if Michigan's COVID-19 vaccination rate falls below targets. Their comments came a day after the ...

Delta County gains 33 new virus cases since Wednesday

Delta County has gained 33 more confirmed COVID-19 positives since Wednesday and Menominee County three new cases, data from local health officials showed. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website update Friday also listed three new probable cases in Delta County, while ...

Warship docks in Escanaba

Ilsa Minor | Daily Press Two tugboats help guide a littoral combat ship Thursday off the shores of Escanaba. The naval ship drew small crowds to the municipal dock, the area near the old jail, and the bike path along 1st Avenue North. The ship will be docked at North Shore Marine Terminal ...

Marquette leads U.P. in new virus cases

ESCANABA — State health data Thursday showed 17 more confirmed COVID-19 positives in Delta County for a second straight day, but the county did not lead the Upper Peninsula in new cases. Marquette County saw a jump of 34 more positives as the Michigan Department of Health and Human ...

Restriction lifts tied to vaccinations

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced a plan to tie the lifting of coronavirus restrictions to Michigan’s vaccination rate, setting specific benchmarks that must be reached to return to normal. As more people get shots, she said, the state will allow office work, ...

US recovery from pandemic recession is showing momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by consumers and fueled by government aid, the U.S. economy is achieving a remarkably fast recovery from the recession that ripped through the nation last year on the heels of the coronavirus and cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and businesses. The ...

Line 5 oil pipeline disputes raise tensions between U.S. and Canada

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Months after President Joe Biden snubbed Canadian officials by canceling Keystone XL, an impending showdown over a second crude oil pipeline threatens to further strain ties between the two neighbors that were frayed during the Trump administration. Michigan Gov. ...

Virus cases climb in local area, U.P.

ESCANABA — Delta County has gained 32 more confirmed COVID-19 positives since Monday and Menominee County six new cases, data from local health officials showed. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website update Wednesday also listed 19 new probable cases in Delta County, ...

Michigan House: Give unemployed $1,000 if they find job

LANSING (AP) — Unemployed people who find a job would get $1,000 as part of $7.9 billion in proposed COVID-19 relief spending that advanced in the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday. The “return to work” grants would cover up to 400,000 residents. They are included in supplemental ...

Judge rejects mask challenge

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected a request to stop coronavirus testing of Michigan school athletes and other steps ordered by the state health department. An injunction isn’t appropriate at this stage because a group called Let Them Play Michigan and its allies are unlikely to ...

An artistic summer

Courtesy photo Local artist April South Olsen is shown teaching her Kid’s Painting and Drawing class in the summer of 2019. The Bonifas Arts Center has announced a list of classes being offered this summer. To find out more go the Lively Arts page on page 7A of today’s Daily Press

Delta tops U.P. in new virus cases

ESCANABA — State data Tuesday added 16 more confirmed COVID-19 positives in Delta County — again the highest number of new cases in the Upper Peninsula — along with a new death attributed to the virus. Delta County leads the 15 U.P. counties in confirmed COVID-19 fatalities at 69. The ...

Body of missing autistic teen found after 3-day search

PAULDING (AP) — A three-day search for a 17-year-old boy missing in the Upper Peninsula ended with the discovery of the teen’s body, authorities said. The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately reveal the circumstances of Cam Besonen’s death. Nor did they say where and ...

Judge hears virus tests for school athletes case

DETROIT (AP) — Attorneys for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration defended coronavirus testing for school athletes, telling a judge Tuesday that state law gives the health director extraordinary power to respond to a pandemic. A parent group called Let Them Play Michigan is seeking an ...

CDC eases mask guidelines for the vaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go ...

Delta adds 36 new virus cases

ESCANABA — Delta County has gained 36 more confirmed COVID-19 positives since Friday and Menominee County seven new cases, data from local health officials showed. The Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties website update Monday also listed a new death and 28 probable cases in Delta ...

Local vaccine efforts continue

ESCANABA — Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) has issued an update on local COVID-19 vaccination efforts. On Tuesday, April 20, PHDM received 1,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Six hundred of these doses were first doses and 1.100 we second doses. During the week ...

Michigan became coronavirus hotspot as variants rose and vigilance fell

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Eric Gala passed up an opportunity to get a coronavirus vaccine when shots became available in Michigan, and he admits not taking the virus seriously enough. Then he got sick with what he thought was the flu. He thought he would sweat it out and then feel back to ...