Nearly 20 miles open at Dragon Trail in time for fall color biking, hiking
STANWOOD, MI – Nearly 20 miles of Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam is now open, just in time for fall color biking, hiking and running. About 4.5 miles of The Dragon Trail recently opened, bringing the total to just over 19 miles. The completed project will include 47 miles of non-motorized trails encircling the Hardy Dam pond in Mecosta and Newaygo counties. RELATED: Don’t miss peak fall color: When to expect the best color in Michigan in 2021MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa made his fall color peak predictions earlier this month. To learn how to help build or maintain the Dragon, or to donate toward construction costs, click here.mlive.com
Michigan reports 6,604 new coronavirus cases, 44 deaths in 2 days ending Wednesday, Sept. 15
There were 6,604 new, confirmed coronavirus cases, a three-day average of 3,302, and 44 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15. Michigan is averaging 2,684 new, reported confirmed cases and 19 confirmed deaths per day over the last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. This is up from a seven-day average of 1,8881 reported new cases on Sept. 8, when there was also an average of 19 deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 983,109 reported coronavirus cases and 20,597 confirmed deaths. Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic.mlive.com
Michigan reports 6,093 new coronavirus cases, 29 deaths in 3 days since Saturday, Sept. 11
There were 6,093 new, confirmed coronavirus cases, a three-day average of 2,031, and 29 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday, Sept. 11, to Monday, Sept. 13. Michigan is averaging 2,304 new, reported confirmed cases and 21 confirmed deaths per day over the last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. This is down from a seven-day average of 1,858 reported new cases on Sept. 7, when there was an average of 16 deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 976,505 reported coronavirus cases and 20,535 confirmed deaths. Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic.mlive.com
14-year-old girl gets 12-55 years for stabbing teen in attempted murder
On Tuesday, the Mecosta County teen was sentenced to 12-55 years imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit murder, the TV station reports. She was initially also charged with attempted murder, but that was dropped. The teen will be housed in a juvenile facility until she turns 18 and is transferred to a state prison, the report said. “A 14-year-old hatches this plan for several months and finally carries it out,” then-Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell told WPBN/WGTU in June. “We don’t know what’s going through her mind.mlive.com
Ann Arbor teen chased by police through 2 Northern Michigan counties in stolen car
OSCEOLA COUNTY, MI -- A 19-year-old Ann Arbor man was arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through two Northern Michigan counties, according to Up North Live. The driver was clocked doing 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, but refused to pull over. The chase led police through Reed City and into Mecosta County where police has set up spike strips to disable the vehicle. The driver is currently being held and faces possible charges of felony resisting and obstructing police and felony fleeing and eluding. READ MOREA father speaks out after his son, a Michigan swimmer, takes his own lifeFirst snowflakes possible in northern Michigan later this weekWoman, 25, dead after crashing Slingshot into treemlive.com
Aerial treatment to help prevent spread of EEE completed in Michigan
Aerial treatment to prevent the spread of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been completed with approximately 462,000 acres treated, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday. The treatment, which started on Sept. 16, was completed Wednesday, according to MDHHS. “Aerial treatment was important to protect the health and safety of Michiganders,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. A Montcalm County resident is suspected of having EEE following preliminary testing. Individuals younger than 15 and over 50 are at a high risk on contracting the virus, MDHHS said in a press release.
Monday, Sept. 21, coronavirus data by Michigan county: Ingham, Houghton at red; 8 counties at orange
Ongoing outbreaks at Michigan State and Michigan Tech universities have Ingham and Houghton counties in the red zone, based on a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Initiative to assess coronavirus risk levels. Latest on coronavirus testingFive Michigan counties have a positive rate of at least 5% in coronavirus tests reported in the last 14 days ending Sept. 18. (As of Sept. 1, the state stopped reporting numbers on Sundays, so numbers on Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 cover two days.) The map below shows total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic. For more statewide data, visit MLive’s coronavirus data page, here.mlive.com
First 2020 human EEE case confirmed in Michigan, aerial treatments to resume Monday
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the second night of aerial treatment to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has resulted in more than 226,000 total acres being completed across the state. MDHHS confirmed Friday that one human case has been confirmed in Barry County. “Treatment is being conducted to protect the health and safety of Michiganders in the affected areas,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. Additionally, a deer in Allegan County has been diagnosed with EEE. Impacted counties are now Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland.
6 additional EEE cases reported in horses in Michigan, expanding to Livingston County
With the second day of aerial treatment conducted for counties at risk of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday that six more cases were confirmed in horses, expanding Livingston County to the list. MDHHS said the new cases brings the total to 28 cases and 11 counties. The new EEE cases means expanding treatment in Jackson, Kent, Livingston and Montcalm counties, according to a press release from MDHHS. “These additional cases of EEE in horses underscores the importance of providing aerial treatment in the affected counties,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Horse owners are not required to vaccinate their animals for EEE,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM in the press release.
First night of aerial treatment underway for Michigan counties at high risk of EEE
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Wednesday the first night of aerial treatment is underway to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in Montcalm and Clare counties. Other counties -- including Kent, Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Mecosta and Ionia counties -- may receive treatment Wednesday depending on the weather. While EEE has been confirmed in horses, a West Michigan resident is also suspected of having the mosquito-borne illness -- the first human known to contract EEE this year in Michigan. Michiganders are strongly urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the suspected EEE case along with nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. The outbreak at that time extended to 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.
Health experts concerned about EEE, West Nile Virus in Michigan
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment Wednesday night in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). State officials said they’re concerned about increasing cases of EEE in horses and the first suspected human case in a man from Barry County. Late summer and early autumn is the time of year when cases of West Nile Virus and EEE rise. In addition to concerns about EEE, there have also been nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus -- including cases in Wayne and Oakland counties and Detroit. RELATED: Michigan confirms first 2020 human case of West Nile virus in Wayne County residentIn addition to wearing mosquito repellent, experts recommend getting rid of standing water around your property to remove potential breeding grounds and repairing any holes in window screens.
Aerial mosquito treatment planned for 10 Michigan counties considered high risk for EEE
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 22 cases of EEE in horses across Michigan. READ: Oakland County residents urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid confirmed EEE casesHealth officials have determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. This means mosquito control treatment will be required for those areas that are identified by the aerial treatment plan, with exception of federal properties and tribal lands. Aerial treatment is conducted by specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn.
Michigan Lottery: Woman wins $300K on Cashword scratch off ticket
A Mecosta County woman plans to spoil her grandson after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lotterys Double Bonus Cashword instant game. The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Citgo gas station, located at 301 South Cass Street in Morley. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $7 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, three $10,000 prizes, and 17 $2,000 prizes. In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.