07-10-20-COVID-19 Testing In Wakefield

LEAD: A mobile coronavirus testing station will be in Wakefield next Thursday.

VERBATIM: According to Michigan State Police the drive-through testing takes place between 9:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Wakefield Post on Sunday Lake Street and it is open to all. Tests are appointment only by calling 844-947-4854. You will be asked for some personal information and a screening questionnaire will be conducted. State Police partnered with the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department for this testing station.

07-10-20-COVID-19 Cases Linked To Ashland Hockey Tournament

LEAD: Officials say more than a dozen people contracted the coronavirus after an Ashland hockey tournament.

VERBATIM: According to the Daily Press the event took place in late June at the Bay Area Civic Center. Officials say the connection to the tournament was made when contact tracing was done for a Bayfield County individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The tracing led to the discovery of 9 related cases in Michigan and 3 in Minnesota. Any workers who were at the tournament are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution.

07-09-20-Strawberry Shortcake At The Market

LEAD: Strawberry lovers will want to plan a trip to the Iron County Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

VERBATIM: That’s because the Market’s vendors will be offering Strawberry Shortcake take out desserts which according to the market’s organizers are made with homemade shortcake and fresh-picked strawberries packed in a to-go package. Gluten-free shortcake is available. Vendors will also have locally-grown strawberries while supplies last and homemade strawberry jams and jellies. The market on N. 10th Avenue in Hurley is open 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

07-09-20-GCC Holding Virtual Info Sessions

LEAD: Gogebic Community College is holding virtual information sessions this month for both new and returning students.

VERBATIM: The teleconference sessions covering admission, financial aid and registration will take place Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 30. The morning sessions are at 10:00 a.m. while the afternoon sessions are at 4:00 p.m. All sessions cover the same topics. Each session has a limited capacity so the college recommends registering as soon as possible. Call 906-307-1347 for more information.

07-08-20-Ironwood Receives Housing Grants

LEAD: The City of Ironwood is awarded a state grant to upgrade one of its neighborhoods.

VERBATIM: The City received $30,000 from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through its Neighborhood Enhancement Program and officials say the money will be used for enhancement projects in the Douglas Neighborhood. This year the authority awarded $2.1 million to 56 local governments and nonprofit groups statewide for improvement projects that focus on neighborhood public amenity enhancements, improving residents’ quality of life, or help communities recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.

07-08-20-Iron County Issues COVID-19 Alert

LEAD: Iron County Public Health issues an advisory for a possible coronavirus exposure:

VERBATIM: Officials say they have traced recent coronavirus cases to the Beer Barrel in Hurley on July 2 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at Pit Stop in Hurley on July 3 from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Monitor the symptoms for COVID-19 if you were at either location. An increased number of cases in the county are attributed to community spread along with out-of-county visitors who are infected.

07-07-20-Aspirus Re-Opening Several Clinics

LEAD: Aspirus Care announces it’s reopening a number of clinics.

VERBATIM: The list of 11 clinics include locations in Crystal Falls and Hurley. Those locations were temporarily closed in April to allow staff and providers to support operational and COVID-19 surge planning needs at other Aspirus locations. Officials say re-opening dates may vary by clinic as staff and providers transition back to their previous locations. Patients will receive information related to these changes during scheduling, and through appointment reminders and other means.

07-07-20-Ontonagon County Has First COVID-19 Case

LEAD: Ontonagon County has its first confirmed coronavirus case.

VERBATIM: County Health officials say they were notified of the positive test on Friday and are closely monitoring the patient along with performing contact tracing to determine how they contracted COVID-19. The Daily Globe quoted a published report that said with the Ontonagon County case all counties in Michigan now have at least one COVID-19 case. Officials ask people to wash their hands frequently, wear a mask when out of your home and practice social distancing.

07-06-20-VSO Taking COVID-19 Grant Applications

LEAD: Veterans in Gogebic County can apply for a grant for financial relief from the coronavirus outbrek.

VERBATIM: The Gogebic County Veteran Services Office announced the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant provides financial relief to eligible wartime and peacetime veterans, and their survivors. Applicants must be a county resident and received a honorable or general under honorable discharge from any of the 5 military branches, reserves, national guard or women’s auxillary or be a dependent. Call . 906-667-1110 with questions or to apply.

07-06-20-VCSO Issues Policing Document

LEAD: The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office issues a statement on law enforcement officer training, policies and state laws.

VERBATIM:Three statewide police and sheriff’s associations issued a document containing that information as a way to inform the public during the national and local debate surrounding law enforcement training and reform. The statement says area law enforcement is doing their very best to maintain peace in communities and thanked residents for the kind words of support they’ve received. The document is available at the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.