Local updates

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LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-105 adding Iosco County to the state of emergency declaration issued last week for Midland, Gladwin, Arenac and Saginaw counties after heavy rains caused widespread flooding and resulted in the breach of Edenville and Sanford dams.   

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-104 on Tuesday, May 26, which expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, an…

LANSING – A new, online dashboard launched Tuesday, May 26 that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work. 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12. 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed Executive Order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. 


EAST TAWAS – Memorial Day in Iosco County usually means that a number of formal services to honor the fallen can be expected – as well as parades, craft shows, community luncheons and other activities – typically spanning the course of several days.

OSCODA – Kalitta Air, in partnership with District Health Department No. 2, and Alcona Health Center, are all working on a three-pronged approach to handle recent COVID-19 infections that have occurred at the company, which is located on the Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport.

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92 on Monday allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer Friday announced the creation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council via Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall.