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– The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department opened a call center to assist in answering questions from the community. The call center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. The number for the call center is (906) 487-5545.

– Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced at a press conference today that all 131 Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be changing operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During the three-week period from Mar. 16 to Apr. 6, branches will only offer services for critical transactions that must be conducted in-person and only by appointment. Appointments can be made at and by calling 888-SOS-MICH.

– The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced a series of closures for several of its state-managed facilities. The Outdoor Adventure Center, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and the Belle Isle Aquarium (Detroit), The Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan (Lansing), The Michigan Iron Industry Museum (Negaunee), DNR visitor centers at state parks, and the Oden and Wolf Lake state fish hatchery interpretive centers will be closed to the public March 14-April 13. These are closed-door facilities that draw large numbers (over 100) of people during the day.

– The following visitor restrictions have been implemented at UPHS – Portage per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order: Effective immediately and continuing through Apr. 5, all health care facilities must prohibit any visitors entering their facility that are not necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care; Are not a parent, foster parent, or guardian of an individual who is 21 years of age or under who is under the facility’s care; Are not visiting an individual under the facility’s care that is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care; And are not visiting under exigent circumstances or for the purpose of performing official government functions.

– Effective immediately, UPPCO is suspending shutoffs for non-payment through April 5, 2020 for income eligible customers. In addition, Customers that are enrolled in UPPCO’s Senior Winter Protection program have had their end dates extended automatically through May 3, 2020. Customers who are significantly impacted by COVID-19 – those with a sudden loss of income or medical condition – as well as our vulnerable senior citizens, are encouraged to contact us at 906.449.2013 or dial “2-1-1” from anywhere in the Upper Peninsula to determine eligibility for payment assistance programs.

– To prevent the spread of the virus and provide the most appropriate care to the communities we serve, Aspirus has established a call center for people concerned they might be infected with COVID-19. The dedicated line will be operational and staffed by live operators beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. The phone lines will be staffed 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. Operators will direct callers to the closest regional testing location if they need to see a medical professional. The call center number is (844)568-0701.

– The Charter Township of Portage will operate our office from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, provided that our staff are healthy and available to work. Our doors will be closed to the public. We will meet with people on the phone at 906-482-4310, via email at,,,, or and by appointment if needed. Please call our office if you have any questions or need any community resources.

– Pursuant to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-9 directing dine-in services of all bars and restaurants to close by 3 p.m. today, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) reminds its 19,000 liquor licensees to strictly adhere to this order, or be subject to penalties of the Liquor Code, including suspension or possible loss of their liquor license.

– Michigan Technological University will extend online classes through the end of the spring semester and is working on a “creative solution” to spring commencement, President Richard Koubek said in a release Monday.

– The Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, Gates Tennis Center and Systems Control Nordic Waxing Center at the Recreation Trails closed at 3 p.m. Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic. The SDC closures include the multipurpose room, fitness center, fitness…

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