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Two deaths in Hillsdale County from COVID-19

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency received notification Tuesday of two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 of residents from Hillsdale County. Agency health officer Rebecca Burns said, the number of positive cases in the three-county jurisdiction as of 3 p.m. Tuesday includes 15 cases in St. Joseph County, 56 cases in Hillsdale County, 16 cases in Branch County and 32 …

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Organizers discussing fate of festivals

The fate of the 2020 community festival season is unclear at the moment, but all eyes are on Three Rivers and Sturgis to see what direction organizers of their respective celebrations take. The two earliest festivals in St. Joseph County, the Three Rivers Water Festival and Sturgis Fest, are the only June events of the eight community celebrations. Cathi Garn …

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Census completion rates being tracked

St. Joe County Resources is tracking by town the percentages of St Joseph County households that have completed the 2020 U.S. Census. Agency officials said progress is being made and would like to remind the public that every 100 people missed in the Census is $2 million dollars that does not come back to local communities in federal funding. From …

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Electronics recycling put on hold

A recycling program that required more than a year to develop at Westside Landfill in Fabius Township is on hold for the time being. Eric Shafer, district manager for Waste Management of Michigan, said offering a weekly electronics recycling event was a goal he had in mind for years and was finally able to implement last month. Then, out of …

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Michigan lawmakers extend emergency declaration in pandemic

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has lengthened Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration by 23 days, through April, rather than adopt a 70-day extension she sought into mid-June. Republicans say they had to vote Tuesday to keep Whitmer’s emergency declaration from expiring. But Democrats say it would not have lapsed because she issued a declaration last week, meaning legislators did …

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St. Joseph County coronavirus cases increase by 1

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency received notification Tuesday of two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 of residents from Hillsdale County. Agency health officer Rebecca Burns said, the number of positive cases in the three-county jurisdiction as of 3 p.m. Tuesday includes 15 cases in St. Joseph County, 56 cases in Hillsdale County, 16 cases in Branch County and 32 …

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Michigan virus cases approach 19,000; 118 new deaths

Officials say Michigan deaths from the coronavirus rose 16% in the largest daily jump since the pandemic hit the state. The state reported 118 additional deaths related to the respiratory disease caused by the virus, raising the total to 845. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose 10% to nearly 19,000. Gov Gretchen Whitmer says “it’s another tough 24 hours” …

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MDOT suspends US 131 work

Michigan Department of Transportation has suspended work on the U.S. 131 redevelopment project in Three Rivers as a precaution against COVID-19. MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said crews will be on hiatus this week and next before resuming April 20. That return date, however, is subject to conditions at that time, Schirripa added. In the meantime, northbound and southbound U.S. 131 will …

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Vehicle stolen from courthouse parking lot

A vehicle was stolen from the St. Joseph County Courthouse parking lot last month. Sheriff’s deputies were notified shortly after 5 p.m. March 20 that a dark blue, 2017 GMC Terrain SLT with a temporary Indiana plate was stolen. Through court security camera footage, it was established that the vehicle was taken from a parking lot south of the courthouse. …

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Virus side effect: Michigan jobless claims already top 2019

Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday detailed the stunning impact of the coronavirus on the state’s economy. Only businesses deemed essential remain open and Whitmer says her stay-at-home order will be extended in the coming days. She says more people have applied for unemployment aid in the last two …

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