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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 COVID-19 Community Update here.

Govern Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that businesses in the Upper Peninsula can begin re-opening on Friday, May 22nd. See our story here. See the governor’s relevant orders here, and here.

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

See information from the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce here.

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Local Government
State Government
Education – College
Education – K-12
Community Service Organizations
Utilities
Event Cancellations
Medical and Senior Facilities
Restaurants and Bars
Businesses
Churches


Government – Local

For the latest information from the Western U.P. Health Department, click here. The Health Department has closed its call center, because of lack of use.

Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties continue under 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

Municipal governments and committees, and boards of education, continue to hold meetings online. For log-in details, check their websites, Facebook pages, or our KeweenawReport.com Community Calendar.


Government – State

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.

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.


Education – College

Michigan Tech hopes to resume face-to-face classes this fall, and has implemented a step-by-step plan to reopen the campus. See it 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.

Finlandia University has also begun steps toward reopening campus, and resuming face-to-face instruction this fall. For the latest on the university’s policies, click here.

or the latest status report from Gogebic Community College, click here.

For the most recent information from Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, click here.


Education – K-12

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration continues at all our local public and private schools. To sign your child up, contact the elementary school of your choice.


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 Carnegie Museum in Houghton is closed, and all evening programs are canceled. Some programs are being presented online. See their website for details.

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

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 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 services 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.

St. Vincent dePaul in L’Anse continues to operate its food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1:00 and 3:00. Donations may also be dropped off during those times. In addition to non-perishable food items, they also need toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap and other personal items for their clients.

The Treehouse Indoor Playground and Mohawk play group is closed, 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

As events are returned to the schedule, we will post them on our KeweenawReport.com Community Calendar.


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. Aspirus clinics in Lake Linden, Bruce Crossing and Crystal Falls are temporarily closed.

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 is closed. 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 will resume some of its suspended services and procedures. 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 maintaining a list of restaurants offering service. See it here.

Restaurants and bars may begin offering limited table service beginning Friday, May 22nd.


Businesses

Most retail businesses may offer at least limited in-store service beginning Friday, May 22nd.


Churches

As churches begin to hold in-person services, we will be happy to post that information here. Please email details to HoughtonRadio@up.net.