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CDC releases study on mask, shutdown effectiveness

Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control made public a study conducted by the department to quantify the effects of certain policies on COVID-19 transmission. Mask mandates were shown to curtail the growth in daily COVID-19 cases by 0.5% to 1.9% after they were implemented. Allowing restaurants to host dining …

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Secretary of State offline beginning Thursday

Starting at 5 PM Thursday until 9 AM Tuesday, March 16th, the Michigan Secretary of State plans to be offline while systems are upgraded. The work will not include the voter registration system. A department press release promises that combines “tens of millions of driver and vehicle records into one …

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Deadline looming for Keweenaw Natural Areas purchase

Director John Griffith says he is confident his group can meet a deadline of March 31st to raise enough funds to secure a land purchase along the Gratiot River in Keweenaw County. Dubbed the missing link, the patchwork of property reaching from Conglomerate Falls to the mouth of the Gratiot …

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Veterans Service Office opening in Keweenaw County

Over 300 veterans residing in Keweenaw County have a local option for help. Derek Parkinen has been tapped to head a new Veterans Service Office, located in Allouez at the town center on Bumbletown Road. It is the first time that Keweenaw veterans will have their own branch for resolving …

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Ohio man dead after snowmobile-vehicle crash

At 3:45 PM Friday, Houghton County Sheriff deputies responded to a collision involving a snowmobile and a vehicle. The crash occurred where Trail 17 crosses US-41 north of Calumet. The snowmobile operator was a 49-year-old man from Ohio who died after being transported to Aspirus Keweenaw. The vehicle was driven …

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March 4th COVID-19 Update

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department released a new COVID-19 update Friday morning covering activity within the past three days. Overall, the numbers look better than was perhaps expected given the release concerning spread at a Calumet hockey tournament that came out last night. Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties combined …

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Canal View – Houghton County sets visitation procedures

Nursing home visits are allowable again, but it won’t be the wild west. Canal View of Houghton County wants to ensure safety as family members return to the facility. Visitations are capped at two people and will only happen in patient rooms in select circumstances where health has them bedridden. …

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Parade of Nations looking for a logo

It’s guaranteed to happen in September. Michigan Tech’s International Programs Department doesn’t know if the Parade of Nations will be in-person or virtual, but they are committing to 9/18 in either case. The theme this year is, “The World is Calling.”  The only thing missing is a logo. Local artists …

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Connecticut removing capacity limits in two weeks

Another state is moving to end capacity restrictions amid rapidly loosening COVID-19 restrictions. Connecticut will allow restaurants, bars, gyms, and several other stores return to normal beginning Friday, March 19th. One hundred percent capacity with no qualifications. It is not the first to do so, but it is perhaps more …

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Two health departments worry about COVID spread from Calumet tournament

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and the Marquette County Health Department are concerned about COVID-19 spread at a Calumet hockey tournament last weekend. Contact tracing has identified multiple people, both participants and spectators, that are now confirmed to have contracted the virus. No exact number has been provided. The …

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