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EAST TAWAS – Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday, April 2 signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year – unless restrictions are lifted – and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. 

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EAST TAWAS – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches in Iosco County have been forced to reconsider the manner in which they engage in fellowship with their congregations. Social distancing is considered essential to the success of the campaign to halt the spread of the disease. 

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LANSING – In an effort to minimize exposure of coronavirus to residents, the state of Michigan issued an order to close schools, restaurants and other establishments deemed non-essential, leaving several families struggling to make ends meet.

LANSING – Last week Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020, as a part of continued efforts to help Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSCODA – Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Department No 2. (DHD2) and District Health Department No. 4 (DHD4) said she is working to allocate additional staff resources specifically for contact tracing, to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in all eight counties.

LANSING – Michigan recently received additional federal dollars to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to make seniors aware of food delivery programs.

TAWAS CITY – Iosco County has recorded its first death related to the COVID-19 virus, according to a press release issued Saturday by District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2).

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LANSING – To help control the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order on Thursday, April 2 setting a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and a process for referral to licensing agencies for violations of Executive…

EAST LANSING – Michigan High School Athletic Association will announce no later than Friday (April 3) afternoon the status of its 2019-20 winter and spring seasons, after the directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online during her ordered “state of …

National Updates

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday thanked the American people for helping stop the spread of COVID-1 as he expressed the country's support for New York and New Jersey, where the pandemic is hitting the hardest.

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(The Center Square) – Taking heart from reports of a possible easing of the worst of the coronavirus crisis in some of the hardest hit states, President Donald Trump on Monday gave credit to the American people for following social distancing guidelines that might have made a difference.

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Former emergency room nurse Molly Lixey made a video to demonstrate how easy it is to cross-contaminate while you wear gloves.

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Intensive care doctor Julie John shares emotional message to her kids just in case she died. Dr.John is getting better, but will be under quarantine for another 7-14 days.

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Leading scientists tell CNN that it's possible the virus didn't just come from bats in the past months, but that it may have existed in humans many months or even years before it grew into a d…

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill's criminal justice reform organization 'The Reform Alliance' is sending 100,000 masks to correctional facilities across the country.

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Morning news briefing from CNN on Monday, April 6.

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Jason Garcia, a California man who was diagnosed with coronavirus and recovered, has donated his plasma to try to help others fighting the disease. CNN's Paul Vercammen reports.

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Field hospital set up at the Boston Convention Center

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump took a solemn tone Saturday when addressing the nation during his daily press briefing on the novel coronavirus.

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(The Center Square) – The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending Americans wear cloth masks when leaving their homes to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Friday.

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Ballotpedia is providing comprehensive coverage on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting America’s political and civic life. Our coverage includes how federal, state, and local governments are responding, and the effects those responses are having on campaigns and elections.

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Holland America Line said four guests have died while on its Zaandam cruise ship as it heads towards a port in Florida. Over a dozen other ships are still at sea.

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(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a surge is coming in the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 160,000 Americans and killed more than 3,700, but urged everyone to follow federal guidelines so the country can end the pandemic.