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Michigan has extended by five weeks a pandemic order requiring masks in public, limiting capacity inside businesses and capping gathering sizes.

The measure announced Friday replaces one that had been due to expire Monday.

It includes one change. Children ages 2 to 4 in day care facilities or camps are no longer exempt from having to wear masks, starting April 26.


Michigan will expand the use of a COVID-19 treatment in hopes of substantially reducing climbing hospitalizations and deaths.

Additional doses of monoclonal antibodies will be given to hospitals and other providers, which will be asked to add infusion sites.

The treatment has concentrated doses of lab-made antibodies to fight coronavirus infections and is geared toward people who are at high risk for severe symptoms or hospitalization.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday the treatment could save lives.


 Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have given final approval to a set of bills that would wrest control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and hand it to the GOP.

The state is in line to receive $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money.

By law the funding is at Evers' disposal. But Republicans have developed legislation that would give them control, saying that would create more accountability.

Evers has signaled he'll veto the package, but Assembly Republicans passed it anyway on Tuesday.


  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Tony Evers’ administration does not have the authority to issue capacity limits on bars, restaurants and other businesses without approval of the Legislature.

Wednesday's ruling comes two weeks after the conservative-controlled court struck down the state’s mask mandate.

The Supreme Court also ruled last year in a similar case that the Democratic governor needed approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature for an emergency declaration that shut down businesses early in the coronavirus pandemic.

Iron Mountain VA Medical Center


Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon is proud of the vaccination effort in the county.

Nearly 45% of residents have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine which is above the state average of 37%.

“We’re pretty happy about that,” said Conlon.

She also impressed with the 65 and older age group getting nearly 83% vaccinated.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is instructing vaccinators in the state to stop using the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for now.


Michigan health officials have suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pending the outcome of a federal investigation into six cases in which women who received the drug developed blood clots.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced the temporary suspension of the single-dose vaccine Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended it nationwide.

Help for Michigan's Homebound: COVID Vaccine Outreach Expands

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More than two million Michiganders are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and a focus now is to ensure people who are homebound are able to get the vaccine.

Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Evers statewide mask mandate, face coverings are still required at many stores, like Aldi, Pick 'n Save and Kohl’s.

One place they’re not required though – several local public schools.

Laona, Three Lakes and Crandon school districts all stopped requiring masks following the state Supreme Court ruling.

Now wearing a face covering in their classrooms is optional.

Iron Mountain VA Medical Center

The Iron Mountain VA Medical Center has roughly 18,000 veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare in its service area which covers the Upper Peninsula the parts of northern Wisconsin.

Of those a little under half have gotten their COVID-19 vaccine through the VA.

“We are generally scheduling appointments every day for veterans to get the vaccine, so although it has slowed, it hasn’t stopped,” said Public Affairs Officer John Jamison.


Everyone age 16 and up is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin.

Monday's expansion came the same day that an outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was reported at a Dane County child care center.

Positive cases statewide are on the rise.

Also on Monday, the state announced it was once again accepting applications for unarmed combat sports programs like boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts with the events expected to take place after June 1.

Wisconsin DHS

  Wisconsin's COVID-19 daily case count has jumped to its highest mark since mid-February.

State health officials reported 875 confirmed cases on Friday, the highest number of daily cases since Feb. 12, when the figure was 938 cases.

The seven-day daily case average increased to 531. The statistic stood at less than 400 cases in mid-March.

Eight more people died, including someone under age 20. Three people 19 or younger have now died in Wisconsin since the pandemic began.


An aging population is one of the greatest challenges facing Wisconsin’s healthcare system.

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement, it means a large population that tends to require more care. It also means nurses, doctors, and other healthcare staff are retiring.

Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Senior Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk says this is a statewide issue.

Governor reacts to court decision on masks

Apr 1, 2021

The Wisconsin Supreme Court this week overturned Governor Tony Evers mandate to wear masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

After the decision, the governor encouraged people to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks.

“Disappointed with the ruling, but I’m asking the people of Wisconsin to continue on doing what they’re doing.”

Evers says while he doesn't agree with the ruling he does respect the authority of the court.

“I think it’s the wrong decision but at the end of the day, they’re the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and we’ll abide by it.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is doubling Michigan’s daily COVID-19 vaccination goal to 100,000 shots.

She cites continuous week-over-week increases in allotments and an expanded number of providers that can administer doses.She calls vaccinations safe, effective and essential to getting the country back to normal.

Michigan's direct allotment of doses will total about 620,000 next week, a record.

That is 12%, or roughly 66,000, more than this week and includes a substantial boost in the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.