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Virus forces creative ways to come together

ESCANABA — Throughout history, people have found creative ways to celebrate events. The coronavirus pandemic has made celebrations harder to experience and share while keeping physically distant from each other. Escanaba resident Kathy Smith decided the best way to involve others in a ...

Bumpy road back for Esky couple

ESCANABA — After being stranded in Honduras as a result of that country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Escanaba residents Tim and Julie Bishop finally made their way home last week. However, the process of returning to the United States was not a straightforward one for the ...

57 tested for coronavirus in Delta County

ESCANABA — Delta County still had only one confirmed case of coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, according to Delta County officials. Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties said 57 specimens from Delta County had been submitted for coronavirus testing by 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. One of ...

Cancellations

Kewadin Casinos extends temporary closure Kewadin Casinos has been closely monitoring the recommendations of public health officials as it relates to coronavirus and has made the decision to extend the temporary closure of all five Kewadin Casinos in the Upper Peninsula, including ...

Group helps residents stay connected

ESCANABA — With many local residents stuck in their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new Facebook group has been created with the goal of helping people in Delta County stay connected with one another. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo, the creator of “Delta County’s ...

Delta virus case was airport employee

ESCANABA — Delta County’s first positive COVID-19 case was an employee of the Delta County Airport, according the county officials. “On Sunday, March 29, Public Health Delta/Menominee Counties reported its first positive COVID-19 case in Delta County. The Delta County Airport has ...

Gladstone officials stress safe practices

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission urged residents to obey executive orders issued by the governor and practice social distancing. They made the comments Monday during the commission’s regular meeting at city hall. The meeting was streamed live on YouTube, and to adhere to ...

Governor sets programs to expand jobless benefits

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to ...

57 tested for coronavirus in Delta County

ESCANABA — Delta County still had only one confirmed case of coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, according to Delta County officials. Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties said 57 specimens from Delta County had been submitted for coronavirus testing by 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. One of ...

Grocery stores adjust to changing times

ESCANABA — As coronavirus continues to sweep the nation, representatives of local grocery stores spoke about how their businesses have been affected by the pandemic. At Elmer’s County Market in Escanaba, General Manager Rod Stende said things have been going well at his store for the most ...

Delta County has first COVID-19 case

ESCANABA — Delta County’s first positive test for COVID-19 was announced by Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Sunday afternoon. “They had one presumptive positive from a female in Delta County,” Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo said. DeSalvo said PHDM had ...

Official says businesses should screen employees

ESCANABA — Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) has encouraged local businesses and organizations exempted under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to start screening their employees for symptoms of COVID-19. As of March 25, Oakland County, ...

Public comment open on U.P. propane report

LANSING (AP) — Public comment is open on draft recommendations on propane availability in Michiganís Upper Peninsula. The recommendations suggest actions Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state Legislature and state agencies can take to better track and anticipate propane supply and distribution, ...

Burn permits suspended across Michigan

LANSING — In response to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the order Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety. “We need ...

Delta County has first COVID-19 case

ESCANABA — Delta County's first positive test for COVID-19 was announced by Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) Sunday afternoon. "They had one presumptive positive from a female in Delta County," Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo said. DeSalvo said PHDM had not ...

Animal shelter facing challenges

ESCANABA — The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in Delta County — including the county’s non-human residents. Delta Animal Shelter Director Susan Gartland spoke about steps the shelter has taken to deal with COVID-19 and ways that people in the area can help. According to ...

$1 million fund to help local business

ESCANABA — The areas served by the Daily Press — Delta, Schoolcraft and northern Menominee counties — can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers, Inc., the parent company of the Daily Press, has established a $1 million ...

Info released on 1st U.P. virus death

HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received notification Thursday of the first local death attributed to COVID-19. Later investigation identified a number of places the man had visited prior to his death. The individual was an elderly male Gogebic County ...

Delta County virus ­testing ongoing, no positives yet

ESCANABA — Delta County still had no confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, the county announced in a press release that day. However, Delta County's government does not intend to underestimate the threats posed by COVID-19. According to Delta County Administrator Emily ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...