Coronavirus / Covid-19

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An Upper Peninsula cafe was found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners, the latest turn in an effort to get the owner to comply with coronavirus restrictions.

“When it comes to court orders, in my opinion, civil disobedience is not an option. It just absolutely is not,” Judge Wanda Stokes said.

Stokes held a hearing Friday involving Cafe Rosetta, which serves soup, sandwiches and more in Calumet, a town of roughly 750 in Houghton County.

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Beginning Monday, local health departments in West Michigan will begin the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccinations are coming in phases, and in the first round a few weeks ago, doses of the vaccine were administered to frontline health care workers and assisted living staff. As more doses are now becoming available, that means another round of vaccines, and opening up the parameters of who can receive it.

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Michigan will begin vaccinating seniors and front-line workers such as teachers and police against the coronavirus next week. State officials on Wednesday announced a plan to accelerate access for people who are at least 65 years old. The state had planned to next immunize those 75 and older and essential workers including first responders, prison guards and child care providers. But residents age 65 to 74 will be included, too. Seniors can book appointments by contacting county health departments and other local vaccine clinics.

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Nearly 2,300 additional cases of the COVID-19 virus and 189 more deaths have been reported by health officials in Michigan. The numbers posted Tuesday on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website brings the total number of confirmed virus cases in the state to 504,410 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Total deaths due to the virus have reached 12,867. Of the deaths reported Tuesday, 117 were identified during a review of vital records. More than 350,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus.

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Michigan averaged about 3,000 new coronavirus cases a day from Thursday through Saturday, the state health department said.

The state also reported 265 additional deaths from COVID-19, including 211 from days or weeks ago that were confirmed through a records check. Michigan is close to 12,600 deaths since last March.

More than 71,000 people in the state have received a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 500 clinics are scheduled in upcoming weeks, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive.

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A judge has ordered the shutdown of a cafe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where customers have been supporting an owner who has defiantly served indoor diners despite coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration got a restraining order against Cafe Rosetta in Calumet, a small town in Houghton County.

Since November, bars and restaurants in Michigan have been limited to carry-out service or outdoor dining in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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Michigan’s rate of new COVID-19 cases has been dropping for more than 29 days, a state scientist reported Wednesday.

“It will be important during this holiday season, as well, and New Year’s Eve, to ensure we’re maintaining that social distancing. That will be very important,” said Sarah Lyon-Callo, head of the epidemiology bureau.

“We’re going to be watching these data throughout the holiday season to determine if we’re going to see any sort of case resurgence,” Lyon-Callo said.

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