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COVID-19 in the Copper Country

KeweenawReport.com has established this page as a resource for information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

If your organization is adjusting schedules or making other changes because of COVID-19, and you would like it to be included on our page, email details to kreport@up.net.

Please also let us know when, and if, your information changes.

See the latest report from the Western U.P. Health Department here.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an order closing down face-to-face K-12 school instruction through the end of the school year. Standardized tests and the third-grade reading requirement will be abandoned. Schools will continue to provide meals. READ THE ORDER HERE.

The governor’s original “Stay Home, Stay Safe” shelter in place order took effect at 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 24th, and is initially expected to remain in place through April 13th. Only essential employees at essential businesses should report to work. Essential businesses include grocery stores, gas stations, emergency health care providers, and other businesses and government offices that provide critical services. Citizens are expected to remain at home. Brief trips to stores for essential groceries are permitted, along with some outdoor activities. All gatherings with people outside your household are prohibited. When encountering those outside of your household, maintain a six-foot distance. READ THE ORDER HERE.

For clarification on what constitutes “critical services,” click here.

All of the other information on this page is subject to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Copper Country was reported Sunday evening, March 29th. See our story here.

On April 3rd on KBear 102.3, Todd VanDyke talked with Kate Beer from the Western U.P. Health Department about why they typically don’t release information about the identities and movements of those diagnosed with COVID-19 (hint: it really doesn’t make any difference), and why some tests for COVID-19 that were initiated were later canceled. Listen to the discussion here:

On March 25th on KBear 102.3, Todd VanDyke talked with Kevin Store from the Portage Health Foundation about the COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund they have set up. What might it be used for, and how can you support it? Listen here:

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See information from the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce here.

The Baraga County Chamber of Commerce has posted a status list of Baraga County businesses. See it here.

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Businesses
Churches


Government – Local

For the latest information from the Western U.P. Health Department, click here. The Health Department has opened a call center to answer questions about how individuals, businesses and organizations should best respond to the outbreak. The call center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm until further notice. Call 487-5545. Note that the hotline cannot be used to assist in diagnosing individual cases of COVID-19. If you believe you may be infected, contact your family physician. The Health Department is limiting services, both to reduce office traffic, and to allow staff to focus on COVID-19 issues. Clinic services will be by appointment only and home visits will be temporarily suspended. Environmental health programs, the food service program, well and septic permits and water sampling can be accessed exclusively online. The radon testing program has been suspended.

Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties have declared states of emergency. Only essential county functions are operating, and most buildings are closed to public access without an appointment. Court operations are limited, and most board and committee meetings are canceled. For more details, click on:
Baraga County
Houghton County
Keweenaw County

All non-essential Calumet Village meetings are canceled until further notice. Essential meetings, including village council meetings, will be held online – click here for details about viewing. The village office is closed.

The City of Hancock has canceled all board and committee meetings (except for the city council, which will meet digitally). Hancock Transit will provide service for essential needs only, and with just one rider at a time. Citizens are encouraged to avoid personal visits to the city offices, and conduct business by phone, email, or by using the drop box in front of City Hall. Trash pickup will continue as usual. City garbage bags available at Pat’s IGA, Holiday, Risto’s, the Keweenaw Co-op and Krist Oil. Most police department lobby services have been stopped, but officers and the city fire department remain on duty.

The City of Houghton has canceled most meetings. City Council meetings will be held virtually – instructions for public viewing will be posted on the city’s Facebook page. City offices will remain staffed, but admittance will be by appointment only. Houghton Transit will operate between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm for essential trips, with limited riders allowed. The Houghton city election scheduled for May 5th will not take place. The single ballot issue has been moved to the August election.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has closed both the Baraga and Marquette casinos, and is limiting tribal government services. The health center will remain open by appointment only. The Senior Center will remain open for meal pick-up and delivery only. See full details here.

The Village of Laurium is asking that business be conducted by mail, phone (337-1600) or in the meter outside the front doors of the village hall

The Portage Township office is operating, but is only offering access to the public by phone or appointment. Call 482-4310 to talk to a staffer, or arrange an appointment. Bills may be paid at the drop box. For more details, click here.


Government – State

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has banned evictions until at least April 13th, or until the crisis passes. Whitmer has also ordered that all unnecessary medical and dental procedures be postponed.

For the latest information from Michigan state government, click here. The state has also established a hotline to answer questions about how to deal with the virus outbreak. It will be open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1-888-535-6136. Note that the hotline cannot be used to assist in diagnosing individual cases of COVID-19. If you believe you may be infected, contact your family physician.

In-person visitation has been suspended at all Michigan state prisons. See details here.

Michigan State Parks will remain open, campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters are closed.

Secretary of State offices in Michigan are closed. The state department is temporarily unable to provide in-person transactions and renewals by mail. Many services will remain available online, although there may be a delay in processing.

Michigan DHHS offices have closed their lobbies, and will see members of the public in person only by appointment. MDHHS offices will conduct telephone interviews with all public assistance clients and applicants. As always, individuals who are applying for or receiving benefits can use the department’s website for most of their business.

Michigan DNR offices have closed their lobbies, and will conduct in-person business by appointment only. To make an appointment with the Baraga office, call 353-6651.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency will close its lobbies to visits from the public, except for customers with appointments. UIA offices will continue to serve the public and eligible employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online, or by calling 1-866-500-0017. Details on how to apply are also available online.

The spring Michigan Adopt-A-Highway pickup is canceled.


Education – College

Michigan Tech has suspended face-to-face classroom instruction, and is conducting classes online. For the latest on the university’s policies, click here. All events at the Rozsa Center and McArdle Theater are canceled. The SDC is closed. The Campus Bookstore and University Images are closed. Portage Rehab and Sports Medicine and the Pharmacy located in the SDC at Michigan Tech will remain open during regular hours while the SDC is closed. Tech Trails will remain open to those with memberships, but social distancing of six feet between users must be maintained.

Finlandia University has suspended face-to-face classroom instruction, and is conducting classes online. The entire spring sports schedule has been canceled. The Paavo Nurmi Center is closed. The Jutila Center is open to tenants, but doors will remain locked, and clients should set appointments if they need to visit. For the latest on the university’s policies, click here.

Gogebic Community College has suspended most face-to-face classroom instruction, and is conducting classes online. Labs and occupational programs will continue as usual, and the Ironwood campus will remain open. For the latest from GCC, click here.

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is transitioning to online classes. For the latest from KBOCC, click here.


Education – K-12

All K-12 schools in Michigan are closed. Some schools are planning to assign homework and study tasks for children to undertake while at home. Some are also setting up meal provision for students. Check with your school administrators for details.

The Adams Township School District is delivering food to students’ homes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Call the Jeffers High School office at 482-0599 to sign up.

Baraga Area Schools will be offering free meal services during the COVID-19 closure in a grab-and-go style that will provide families with meals for the week. The school will offer free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 or any special needs adult under the age of 26, starting March 20th. Please fill out the Google Form by noon on Thursdays if you are interested in receiving this service. You must pick up food on Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at the central office doors or make other arrangements with Jeanne Artley at 353-6690. Only a parent/guardian may pick up food for their children – not a friend or neighbor.

The next Chassell School District food distribution will be for the week of March 30th through April 3rd. Email or call Mr. Spahn by Friday, March 27 for pick up before 4:00 on Monday, March 30.

CLK Schools has posted an online form for parents to fill out if they wish to get school food for their children. If you have questions, call the Food Service office at 337-0311, extension 1171.

The initial deadline to apply for free food from the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools has passed. If you missed it, call call Judy Klutts, Food Service Director, at 482-5800 x1131. Food pickups are on Mondays between 7:30 and 1:30. See their latest COVID-19 information here.

Hancock Public Schools is offering food for kids who normally rely on school meals. Application must be made each Tuesday by noon, and a week’s worth of supplies must be picked up Wednesdays between 11:00 and 1:00 at Barkell Elementary. See details here. Fill out the application here.

Houghton-Portage Township Schools will offer meals for students during the shutdown. Meals must be pre-ordered by emailing sturnquist@houghton.k12.mi.us or calling 369-0449. Provide your name, contact number, the number of children you have and the total number of daily meals you need. (Example: “I have two children and would like to pick up 14 daily meals.”) You must pre-order meals each week by Tuesday at noon for the following Wednesday pick up. Prepared meal boxes will be ready for pick up from 11:00 – 1:00 pm on the following days: Wednesday, March 18, 2020; Wednesday, March 25, 2020; Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the bus lane entrance of the Elementary School.

L’Anse Schools parents can now sign up for free food for their kids during the school closure. You must complete an order form each Tuesday at 3:00 and pick up will be Wednesday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm immediately inside the front school commons area entrance. More information and sign up form is available on the school website.

The Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools are providing free breakfast and lunch meals to students age 18 and under. Meals are for the week and MUST be pre-ordered. You may do so by completing an online form here, or contacting the Food Service Department via email at drheault@lakelinden.k12.mi.us. You may also reach the LLHS Food Service
Department by calling (906) 296-6211 (choose option #4 from the menu and then #5 for Food Service). Please leave a voicemail if you call. Pre-ordered meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on the following dates:
– THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 – Deadline to order is Wednesday, March 25 by 12 noon.
The pickup location will be the back door of the school lunch kitchen at the north end of the elementary building. Please bring a box to transport the items, if possible. If you need help with food delivery or have any questions, please call or email.


Community Service Organizations

The Portage Health Foundation has established the COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund, to help cover expenses not included in federal and state relief programs. Help your neighbors by donating here.

An effort is underway to make face masks to protect health care workers and the medically frail. These masks would be worn over the medically-appropriate masks, to prolong their use. Seamstresses are needed to sew the masks – learn more at their Facebook page. Money is needed to purchase material – donate at their GoFundMe page.

The Angel Mission Free Store in Calumet is opening from time to time to accept donations. If you need essential things from the store, call 934-3602. For more details, visit their Facebook page. The food pantry is open Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11:00 and 2:00. Non-perishable food donations are needed, and may be dropped off during those times. Cash donations may be mailed to: The Angel Mission, 119 5th Street, Calumet, MI 49913

The Calumet Colosseum, Dee Stadium and the Houghton County Arena have closed for the season.

The Carnegie Museum in Houghton is closed, and all evening programs are canceled.

The Community Action Agency in Houghton is closed for walk-ins. Please call the office if you need information.

The Calumet Art Center has closed until April 13, 2020. All classes have been canceled until April 13th. All updates will be posted on their Facebook page.

Houghton-Keweenaw Senior Meals will continue to operate, but home-delivered meals will be left at the door. Delivery persons would like to see the recipient through the door or window, to make sure they are okay. Congregate sites are closed, but participants can arrange to have a meal delivered.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly has canceled its Easter dinners, and closed its office. Many ongoing programs are continuing, including medical transportation, and grocery and prescription delivery services, along with their Mission in Motion programs that do not require person-to-person contact, including virtual activities, friendship mail and telephone reassurance. Call 482-6944 to contact them, or see their latest information here.

The Portage Lake District Library and the Hancock School Public Library are closed. Some online remain available. The deadline for all materials that have been checked out has been extended. See details here.

The Salvation Army in Hancock continues to operate its food pantry and energy assistance office. Food pantry hours have been reduced to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11:00 and 3:00. The Food pantry is running low on some specific items and needs donations. The most-needed items include tuna, cereal, canned pasta (such as ravioli), spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. A barrel has been set up at their office in Hancock, where donations can be left weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Cash donations may also be dropped off at the office, or mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 389, Hancock, MI 49930.

St. Vincent de Paul in Hancock has closed its store temporarily. The food bank will continue to be open Wednesdays between 1:00 and 4:00.

The Treehouse Indoor Playground and Mohawk play group will be closed through April 6th, in accordance with the K-12 schools procedure.


Utilities

Indian Trails Bus Line is suspending service on all routes until further notice.

SEMCO is suspending customer disconnections and waiving late fees for anyone unable to pay their monthly natural gas bill. To make arrangements, call 1-800-624-2019.

UPPCO is suspending electrical service shutoffs for non-payment through April 5th for income-eligible customers. Customers who are financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak should call (906) 449-2013, or dial 2-1-1 to discuss their options. Customers enrolled in the Senior Winter Protection Program will have their dates automatically extended through May 3rd.


Event Cancellations

  • Gentle Exercise sessions are suspended until further notice.
  • The Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts has canceled all events indefinitely. Some may be rescheduled.
  • The Keweenaw ATV Club meeting scheduled for April 6th has been canceled. A decision about subsequent meetings will be made at a later time.
  • The first spring meeting of the Houghton-Keweenaw Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel scheduled for April 6th has been canceled. A decision will be made later about the May and June meetings.
  • The 4-H Spring Discovery scheduled for April 18th has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Keweenaw Community Foundation’s annual Keweenaw Gold event scheduled for April 25th has been canceled. It may be rescheduled.
  • Calumet’s Hats for Hope Initiative has suspended its weekly meetings.
  • The CHS/SHHS All-School Reunion being planned for July 16th through 18th remains in place, for now. A decision about its status will be made by May 15th. In the meanwhile, planning continues, in hopes that the event can take place. For more details, visit their Facebook page.

Medical/Senior Facilities

There is an urgent need for all blood types in the U.P. You can donate blood if you are healthy. Call the U.P. Regional Blood Center office in the Quincy Center in Hancock at 483-1392 to make an appointment.

Governor Whitmer has ordered that all all health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities prohibit any visitors that are not necessary for medical care, support of activities of daily living, or that are not visiting under exigent circumstances. By Monday, March 16th, all such facilities must have a procedure in place to screen all individuals not under their care who are seeking entry into their facilities. The order will remain in place until April 5th.

Aspirus has suspended most visits at all of their hospitals. There are some exceptions. See details here.

Baraga County Memorial Hospital is limiting visitors, and screening prospective patients for COVID-19 infection. See their latest information here.

Bayside Village in L’Anse is restricting almost all visits. If you feel the need to visit a resident, you must call the facility in advance.

Body Mechanix Physical Therapy in Calumet will be closed until April 6th. For updates, call 337–1100.

Canal View in Hancock is now closed to all visitors. For more details. click here.

Gardenview in Calumet is limiting visitors. See their policy here.

GreenTree of Hubbell is discouraging visitors, and screening those who wish to enter.

Insight Eyecare in Calumet has suspended all routine care, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Urgent care will be provided as needed.

The Lighthouse at Hancock is limiting visitors to medical personnel only.

Northern Specialty Health has closed its lobby, but is still accepting orders for pick-up. Call 523-5122, and they will bring your merchandise to your vehicle when you arrive.

The Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Hospital is offering services, while honoring current social isolation and distancing guidelines. Veterans can access care via telephone or video appointments. Prescription refills can be mailed to you. Access services and get more information here.

UP Health System-Portage has suspended all routine visits, and has announced new limitations on some services and entrances. See details here. Portage Rehab and Sports Medicine and the Pharmacy located in the SDC at Michigan Tech will remain open during regular hours while the SDC is closed. Express Care in Houghton and Calumet are both open. Telehealth appointments are now available in some situations. For details, call Express Care in Houghton at 483-1777, or in Calumet at 481-8952. See UP Health System-Marquette’s restrictions here.


Restaurants/Bars

The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is also maintaining a list of restaurants offering service. See it here.

Applebee’s in Houghton remains open for take-out orders through its Carside to Go service, daily between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm.

Baby E’s Barbecue is closed temporarily.

The Baraga Lakeside Inn has closed temporarily.

Chicago Beefs in Baraga is open regular hours for carry out. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Candie’s Corner Cafe in Hubbell is providing free sack lunches to kids between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. They are also offering take-out meals off the menu during those hours.

The Cyberia Cafe drive-through location is operating normally. The downtown location is open between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm for take-out orders. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

The Feed Mill in Tapiola will be open for take-out orders between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm daily.

Fifth and Elm Coffeehouse will have takeout, curbside and delivery orders available weekdays between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm, and weekends between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please call ahead.

Gino’s in Hancock will fill take-out orders Tuesdays through Sundays between noon and 7:00.

The Hilltop Restaurant in L’Anse has closed temporarily.

KC Bonkers will serve take-out coffee between 10:00 and 4:00, Mondays through Saturdays.

The Kaleva Cafe in Hancock is open for takeout orders. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

The Loading Zone in Lake Linden is open for delivery and take-out from 4:00 until 9:00. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Per Mainstreet Calumet, Cafe Rosetta, Keweenaw Coffee Works, Offshore Fish and Chips, the Michigan House Cafe and Red Jacket Brewing Company, Connie’s Kitchen, The Miners Cafe, Subway, Miller’s Recreation and Jim’s Pizza will remain open with takeout and/or delivery.

The Matador in Laurium is open for take-out orders. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Miller’s Recreation in Laurium is open for take-out and delivery between 4:00 and 8:00.

Milly’s in Hancock is open for take-out orders. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Ming’s Asian Bistro is closed.

The Nite Owl in L’Anse will still offer take-out and delivery orders Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Saturday between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm, and Sunday between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm. They will also offer free lunches to school kids between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Nutini’s in Hancock is open for take-out orders. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Omer’s in Twin Lakes will be open from 4:00 until 8:00 seven days a week for carry out. Orders may be called in to (906) 288-3720, or texted to (906) 281-0350 if phone lines are unavailable.

The Pilgrim River Steakhouse will be closed until further notice.

The Pizza Shack in L’Anse will remain open for carry-out orders – Monday through Friday from 11:00 until 1:00, and 4:00 until 7:00; and Saturday from 4:00 until 8:00. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

Roy’s Pasties and Bakery is open regular hours, with take-out service.

Skipper’s in L’Anse will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11:00 and 8:00 for carry-out orders.

Subway Restaurants in Houghton and Calumet are open daily between 10:00 and 8:00 for take-out orders.

Tina’s Catalina in South Range will offer take-out orders daily between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Toni’s Country Kitchen in Laurium will continue to be open normal hours (7:00 am to 5:30 pm) for carry-out orders.

Victoria’s Kitchen in Houghton is open for lunchtime take-out. Save at Keweenaw Shopper!

The Whirl-i-Gig in Zeba will be open daily between 5:00 and 10:00 pm for take-out orders. Bowling leagues are canceled.


Businesses

Grocery stores and most convenience stores remain open, but trips should be brief, and socials distancing should be maintained wherever possible. To prevent spreading the infection, pop and beer cans and bottles should not be returned.

The Baraga County Chamber of Commerce has posted a status list of Baraga County businesses. See it here.

Amora Wellness and Gifts is open Mondays through Saturdays between 10:00 and 2:00, or by appointment. Curbside pickup is available. Call orders to 934-5052, or text 369-2863.

The Baraga County Federal Credit Union has suspended lobby services, except for appointments for extraordinary circumstances. Drive-through service will remain available Mondays through Thursdays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Fridays between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, and Saturdays between 9:00 and noon.

41 Lumber is open for pickup and delivery orders only. Call ahead to arrange your order. See full details here.

Good Times Music is temporarily closed.

Laiti Jewelers is temporarily closed.

The Michigan Tech Credit Union will see customers in the lobby by appointment only Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. The drive-through will be open Mondays through Thursdays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Fridays between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm, and Saturdays between 9:00 am and noon.

Miners State Bank has temporarily closed its lobbies. Customers who need to visit the bank in person can call 877-906-5131 for an appointment. Drive through serice will continue to be available, along with ATMs and online banking options.

Northern Specialty Health has closed its lobby, but is still accepting orders for pick-up. Call 523-5122, and they will bring your merchandise to your vehicle when you arrive.

State Farm Insurance Agent Kelly Jepson’s office is operating, but doors are locked. Call 482-1210 to ask questions, request assistance, or make payments.

Superior National Bank has closed its lobbies, except for scheduled appointments. Night drop boxes will be checked more frequently, and drive-through hours at some locations have been expanded. See their hours here.

Surplus Outlet is closed.

Swift Hardware is open Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 and 5:00, Saturdays between 9:00 and 4:00, and Sundays between 11:00 and 2:00. Curbside service can be arranged for those reluctant to enter the store.


Churches

The Marquette Diocese has suspended all public masses. See their latest information here.

Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has suspended in-person worship, and will offer services online. For information, email worship@keweenawuu.org.

The Mohawk-Ahmeek United Methodist Church has canceled services.

The United Methodist Churches in L’Anse, Zeba and Sidnaw have canceled services.

Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church will hold worship services online.

Evangel Baptist Church has canceled its in-person services. Online worship will be available.

Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton has canceled in-person worship.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell has canceled Sunday services.

The Salvation Army in Hancock has canceled weekly services.

Bethany Lutheran Church of the Keweenaw in Mohawk has suspended all worship services, King’s Kids, Sunday School, and the Quilting Group in their building until further notice.

Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet has canceled all worship services indefinitely. Weekly services will be broadcast at 10:30 am Sunday mornings on AM 1400 and 99.3 The Lift, and streamed through Facebook. The office will remain open. Call 337-2400 for more information, or if you have needs they can help with.

Grace Lutheran Church of South Range has canceled services and all activities. Grace Lutheran will offer their worship service online. For information, call Katie at 482-2011 or email grace@gracesouthrange.com.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Laurium has canceled all in-person activities. Online worship can be found on their website or on Facebook.

All church services and public meetings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been canceled indefinitely.