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Local News Archives for 2020-04

Newscast Thursday, April 30, 2020

State Sen. and dairy farmer Ed McBroom says the circumstances for farmers is becoming more and more dire every day. He is now selling his milk at 25 percent of the normal marked price  that had already been depressed for four years. 

 

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Newscast Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Marty Fittante at InvestUP says the 15 hospitals in the Upper Peninsula are trying to let Gov. Gretchen Whitmer know that they are prepared to handle the Coronavirus crisis and still be able to manage the healthcare needs of the rest of the population.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 28, 2020

There is concern that not enough tests for COVID-19 are being conducted in the Upper Peninsula. Public Health Delta Menominee Counties says 258 tests have been conducted in Delta County.  Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Geyer says that is not enough.

 

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Newscast Monday, April 27, 2020

Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says even if schools open in fall they need to be prepared to quickly implement distance learning plans at any point during the school year.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 24, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order while loosening some restrictions on the state’s businesses. The stay home order, issued to stop the spread of COVID-19, has been extended through May 15.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Coronavirus has yet to overrun health systems in the Upper Peninsula. Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says there is not good data right now on the progress of the virus in the U.P. but says COVID-19 patients are not inundating the hospital as was feared.

 

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Newscast, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Teachers at the Gladstone and Rapid River School Districts are spending a lot of time trying to make sure that students who needed teacher attention in the classroom are not falling behind online. Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says they are working with teachers to focus in on those students.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Delta County has a second Coronavirus death. Plus, reaching for a pair of boots three weeks ago that he thought were thrown into his cardboard dumpster behind his downtown Escanaba business, Matt Marenger at Mr. Bike and Ski found a person sleeping among the cardboard. It has happened before.

 

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Newscast Monday, April 20, 2020

About 70 percent of K-12 students at school districts in the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School appeared to have the ability to connect online with teachers during the first week of distance learning. ISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring says they expect that number to grow.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 17, 2020

The Escanaba City Council postponed a public hearing and action on various items concerning the development of a low to mid income housing unit near Walmart. Councilman Ralph Blazier says the city did not give enough notice of the public hearing to the public following the cancellation of a March meeting at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sixty percent of businesses surveyed in the Upper Peninsula believe they won’t be solvent within six months as a result of the state’s shutdown of businesses and the executive order for employees to remain home. That is why Marty Fittante of InvestUP in Marquette says they need to start planning how businesses in the U.P. might begin to reopen.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, April 15, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain says the discussion about businesses that can remain open in Michigan should shift to the types of businesses that are safe to operate rather than essential. For example, LaFave says the Governor preventing lawn care companies from operating is silly.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Funeral homes are being told to treat every deceased person as if they have the Coronavirus. Caron Crawford at Crawford Funeral Homes in Escanaba and Bark River says they’ve taken steps throughout the process to keep safe.

 

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Newscast Monday, April 13, 2020

Area students are heading back to school today but not in the traditional sense. Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District superintendent Doug Leisenring says teachers have already been reaching out to students as they start a new learning program this week. Plus, several area restaurants that did not cater to take out or delivery before the Coronavirus pandemic have now stopped serving altogether. 

 

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Newscast Friday, April 10, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed greater restrictions on businesses as she announced an extension yesterday of her executive order for people to stay home until April 30. It requires big box stores to close off parts of their stores that display products not considered essential during the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 9, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends the stay home order until April 30. Plus, a Delta County woman has died from COVID-19. Michael Snyder, Health Officer at Public Health says it is a tragic reminder of how serious a threat COVID-19 is to the community. It is the fifth COVID-19 related death in the Upper Peninsula.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dairy farmers in the Upper Peninsula are caught in the middle of a drastic change during the Coronavirus pandemic in how consumers are using milk products, making it difficult to get milk to market.  State Sen. Ed McBroom is one of those dairy farmers struggling with the change. He has a family farm in Dickinson County. With restaurants closed, commercial producers for things like cheese are no longer buying milk because restaurants aren’t buying while retail producers are clamoring for milk because sales are up at grocery stores.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Area schools are starting to plan how to offer a classroom education without face-to-face instruction. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week ordered schools to develop distance learning plans as she closed school buildings for the remainder of the school year. Schools districts are required to submit plans to the Intermediate School Districts this week. ISD Superintendent Doug Leisenring, says the eight school districts within the Delta Schoolcraft ISD have been working together to develop plans that will work.
 

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Newscast Monday, April 6, 2020

With seven positive COVID-19 cases in Delta County, local officials are concerned about people not taking social distancing seriously. Paul Geyer, Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator, says the virus is now spreading through the community.

 

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Newscast Friday, April 3, 2020

K-12 school buildings will not reopen for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a townhall meeting last night that local school districts will develop options for students to learn.

 

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Newscast Thursday, April 2, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year. At the same time, she is requiring school districts to set guidelines for remote learning.

 

With Bay College instruction going online, the nursing program at the school has donated its excess classroom medical supplies that are sorely needed at area hospitals. Mitch Campbell, Dean of Allied Health, says it was a way to support the medical community that has supported the Bay program.

 

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Newscast, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

An Escanaba company is doing its part to help the medical community during the Coronavirus pandemic. Jake and Valine Kobasic have turned their wood shop at Kobasic Creations over to acrylic and the manufacture of intubation boxes. 

 

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