Local COVID-19 Updates

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Editor's note: In an effort to keep the community updated on the ever-changing information regarding COVID-19, the Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press will use this link to give you that information as we receive it. New information will be presented as bulleted items. Readers will be …

HARBOR SPRINGS – The Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance, which represents local health departments across central and northern Michigan, is urging residents to take cautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the region as some counties within the region move to an elev…

WEST BRANCH – District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) has been notified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) of an unvaccinated male identified with the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) of COVID-19 in Alcona County.

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer Thursday accelerated the end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. 

LANSING – To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced Wednesday, March 3 the state is …

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LANSING – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Tuesday, March 2 updated two of its epidemic orders, allowing for increased capacity limits at various venues, larger residential and nonresidential gatherings and expanded visitation opportunities at residential care faci…

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WEST BRANCH – District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2), serving Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda Counties, would like to take the opportunity to update area residents on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations given by DHD2 in the jurisdiction. To date, A total of 2,343 first doses have been adm…

LANSING – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its current epidemic order Thursday to allow contact sports to resume as of Monday, Feb. 8, provided masks are worn during practices and competition. 

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LANSING – Following the previous week’s announcement about the plan to reopen indoor dining, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its next epidemic order on Friday, which goes into effect on Monday, Feb. 1. 

National COVID-19 Updates

THURSDAY, June 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are spreading rapidly in the United States, but it's not yet clear if they'll trigger a new wave of infections or a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, experts say.

MONDAY, May 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say — a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected.

FRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental COVID-19 vaccine in pill form could be a win-win, as it not only protects against infection but also limits the airborne spread of the virus, tests in lab animals show.