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Newscast Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

The Escanaba City Council has agreed to swap land with the Escanba Public School District to provide a safer access to the Webster Kindergarten Center.

 

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the city will get the land it currently leases for the wading pool and the school district will receive city land for parking and better bus access.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Bay College this week sold $2.8 million in bonds to a consortium that includes two local banks to fund its infrastructure projects. Bay President Laura Coleman says it shows community support for the college.

 

She says it is part of a five year infrastructure plan already in place.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

The Delta County 911 Authority has one year to separate its self from Escanaba Public Safety. The city of Escanaba is asking the authority to take over the responsibility of Central Dispatch. 

 

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says the facility will remain at Escanaba Public Safety but the city is cutting its ties with the program’s operation.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at the Escanaba Jr. High School are joining the Sr. High School students online today for the next three weeks of remote learning. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration moved all high schools in the state online in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

Although the Jr. High students were not required to go virtual, Escanaba School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says the school board felt it made sense because the 6-12 students are all in the same building.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

The director of medical services at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group says a misunderstanding of how COVID-19 testing works may be a factor in Delta County’s large Coronavirus numbers in the U.P.

 

Dr. Bill Hook says people mistakenly believe they can test their way out of quarantine. He says it could be contributing to the high COVID-19 numbers in Delta County.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — as an attempt to curb the state’s coronavirus cases.

 

The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not as sweeping as the stay-at-home order last spring but are extensive. They were announced during a briefing last night as Michigan faces surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide and rising deaths.

 

Robert Gordon, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, says the new order is targeted and temporary.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

It may be a few more weeks before the Coronavirus peaks in the Upper Peninsula. Officials at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group say they expect the virus to peak in early December. They continue to handle the surge in patients as numbers climb. Lacey Crabb, chief nursing officer at OSF, says they have had to expand their bed capacity at the hospital.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Students at the Escanaba Jr and Sr. High School will begin alternating day schedules starting Monday. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they will divide the student body in half to lower the number of students at the school building during the day.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

The Mid Peninsula School closed to online instruction yesterday through Nov. 30. Superintendent Eric VanDamme says they have several students and 8 staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined, a significant increase from Nov. 1, he said, when no one had tested positive.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Coronavirus infections and quarantines are spreading through city services in Escanaba as COVID-19 numbers climb in the county.

 

City Manager Patrick Jordan says infections have occurred at city hall, public safety and utilities. Department heads met Friday to talk about what might happen if the Upper Peninsula is moved back to Phase 3 in the MI Safe Start Plan.

 

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Newscast Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says law enforcement has been called on to get patients to the hospital as emergency services are overwhelmed by COVID-19 responses. He is concerned about the ability to respond to COVID-19 cases in the area.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 5, 2020

Delta County has been planning for the possibility of the Whitmer Administration moving the Upper Peninsula back to Phase 3 on the MI Safe Start plan. The move could mandate massive closures and force schools back to online learning. 

 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that she is not ready to move the U.P. from Phase 4 to Phase 3 but Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says she is concerned about the possibility.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

Delta County Commissioner Dave Rivard was defeated in a three-way race in District 5. Bob Barron defeated Rivard 1,738 to 1,201. Bob Peterson came in third as an independent with 460 votes.

 

Dave Moyle won re-election to the county board in District 4, defeating Rebecca McIntyre 1,025 to 453. Moyle switched parties from Democrat to Republican. 

 

That means, Republicans now control the Delta County Board of Commissioners 4 to 1. Theresa Nelson, who was unopposed in District 3, is the lone Democrat on the board.

 

John Malnar defeated Jerry Tatrow in the August Republican primary and was unopposed yesterday. Delta County chair Pat Johnson in District 2 was unopposed.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki says she is hoping that today’s election is smooth and peaceful as voters head to the polls to cast their ballots.  Despite differences, she says we all face the same goals.

 

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 2, 2020

State Sen. Ed McBroom says he is very disturbed by the new restrictions but into place Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. Health and Human Services now limits venues to 50 people, indoor gathers to two households of 10 people and limit dining seating to six people. Restaurants must also collect names and phone numbers of patrons starting today.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Speed is being be linked with those driving under the influence of drugs. Gladstone State Police Post Commander 1st Lt Gregg Cunningham says excessive speed by drugged drivers has resulted in traffic crashes and death. Cunningham attended a virtual meeting of the Capitol Area Traffic Safety Network this week that dealt with the speeding issue by drugged drivers, especially those using marijuana and driving.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

Delta County confirmed 60 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 1 new death. The U.P. added 179 new cases yesterday including 30 in Marquette County, 20 in Dickinson County and 14 in Menominee County.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

A small punch list of items on Gladstone’s 9th Street Project was put together last week during the final walkthrough of the project. Gladstone City Manager Eric Buckman says he is happy with the results.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

The Lemmer Elementary and Jr/Sr High School buildings in the Escanaba School District have closed for the rest of the week. Students will move to online instruction. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says an increase in COVID-19 cases at the school buildings has reduced staffing levels and quarantined a growing number of students as COVID-19 numbers increase in Delta County.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Delta County is the first county in the Upper Peninsula to exceed 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases. The county reported 27 cases Friday and 15 Saturday for a total of 1,004 Coronavirus cases since March. Two new deaths were were also reported, one Friday and one Saturday, for a total of 22 deaths, the most of any county in the U.P.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Getting absentee ballots to voters in some cases has been slow in Delta County as city and township clerks deal with a large number of requests for ballots. Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki says local clerks are doing a great job responding but there have been issues of getting absentee ballots out in a timely manner.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

The Christmas Tress Lighting ceremony will occur in Gladstone this year the Friday after Thanksgiving but the other parts of the Old Fashion Christmas program have been cancelled. With rising cases of COVID-19, Gladstone Downtown Development Authority Director Ron Miaso says it became apparent that they couldn’t have face paintings or kids sitting on Santa’s lap.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Ten of the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula are in the state’s highest risk level for the spread of COVID-19. Gogebic and Keweenaw Counties were added to the list yesterday. They join Dickinson, Alger, Iron, Delta, Marquette, Mackinac, Menominee and Ontonagon Counties as coded red or averaging more than 25 new COCID-19 cases per day per 100,000 people. 

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

The Upper Peninsula saw another 253 positive COVID-19 cases Sunday and Monday six deaths including two deaths in Delta County. Iron County also saw 2 deaths, Gogebic and Houghton Counties had the other two deaths.

 

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Newscast Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

Coronavirus numbers in the U.P. have school districts on edge as they attempt to continue to provide in-classroom instruction. Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Superintendent Doug Leisenring says schools have been targeting areas were infections occur to try and keep schools open.

 

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Newscast Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

The Upper Peninsula reached a record daily high of 174 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. The state also had a record 2,030 new cases for a total of 141,091 cases. Delta County now has more than 800 cases, adding 23 cases and 1 new death yesterday.

 

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Thursday Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner says the court system is currently being inundated with child abuse and neglect cases that resulted from stay home orders early in the Coronavirus pandemic. Gardner says they have had to remove children from homes in several situations as law enforcement is able to respond.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

At least two city officials are objecting to the Escanaba City Council switching its meeting Thursday from virtual to in person at city hall after a Supreme Court decision Monday ended virtual meetings. City Clerk Phil Demay posted the change yesterday after a state Supreme Court ruling Monday immediately ended Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 related executive orders, including an order that allowed local governments to hold meetings online.

 

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