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LANSING — State Sens. Lana Theis, Tom Barrett and Kim LaSata this week introduced a package of bills that would block state and local officials from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, masks or testing to attend in-person classes or activities.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department is encouraging parents and guardians to protect their children by checking their immunization record early and scheduling an appointment to get vaccinated.

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CORUNNA — Shiawassee County Health Department officials Wednesday said three people have died over the past two weeks from COVID-19.

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OWOSSO — After 50 years working as a volunteer at Memorial Healthcare, Phyllis Haas worked her final a shift Monday afternoon at the Four Seasons Gift Shop.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — Kids Count data released recently show mostly steady or improving statistics on poverty, health and child abuse among area children, but local experts say the numbers should be viewed skeptically.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Thursday announced it will no longer provide weekly COVID-19 updates and will move to biweekly reports because few cases are being confirmed.

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CORUNNA — The number of new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shiawassee County held steady for the fourth straight week, officials reported Wednesday afternoon even as the rate of vaccinations has apparently stalled.

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OWOSSO — “Irreplaceable,” is how Bernadette Kuchar, the longtime office manager for Dr. Doug Strong, described her boss as he prepared to retire from his family practice after 41 years.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Shiawassee County Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with the Shiawassee River until further notice following recent sanitary sewer overflows at waste water treatment plants in Owosso and Durand.

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OWOSSO — The public is invited to an upcoming ribbon-cutting event to celebrate several new renovations at Oliver Woods Assisted Living and Memory Care.

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LAINGSBURG — Laingsburg United Methodist Church, 210 Crum St.,and Versiti Blood Center are hosting a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. June 30.

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CORUNNA — Shiawassee County health officials reported just eight new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past week, marking the third straight week of single-digit infections.

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OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has announced Michele Partain, a housekeeping aide at The Meadows, as its June Employee of the Month.

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OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Community Foundation has awarded 22 grants to various nonprofits through different endowments, including the Shiawassee Youth Advisory W.K. Kellogg Fund, and the COVID-19 Community Cares Fund.

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CORUNNA — Health officials are hosting a pair of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week for residents 18 and older as Shiawassee County continues to lag behind the state in the rate of people receiving shots.

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OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has announced Elle Rowlison, office coordinator at Memorial Healthcare Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, as its May employee of the month.

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CORUNNA — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Shiawassee County plunged to its lowest level since early March, the Shiawassee County Health Department said Wednesday.

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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Monday said 59 percent of state residents older than 16 now have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has racked up many national honors over the past year but it’s the personalized care of patients that means the most, hospital officials said during Wednesday’s annual Founders’ Day celebration.

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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Monday said the percentage of state residents who have been vaccinated ticked upward slightly over the past seven days.

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OWOSSO — The Shiawassee County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Wednesday said the number of known, active COVID-19 cases in Shiawassee County now is at the lowest level since early April.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Monday announced that 55 percent of Michiganders have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which will allow companies to reopen offices two weeks from now.

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CORUNNA — Shiawassee County health officials reported just eight new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past week, marking the third straight week of single-digit infections.

OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has announced Michele Partain, a housekeeping aide at The Meadows, as its June Employee of the Month.

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Community Foundation has awarded 22 grants to various nonprofits through different endowments, including the Shiawassee Youth Advisory W.K. Kellogg Fund, and the COVID-19 Community Cares Fund.

CORUNNA — Health officials are hosting a pair of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week for residents 18 and older as Shiawassee County continues to lag behind the state in the rate of people receiving shots.

OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has announced Elle Rowlison, office coordinator at Memorial Healthcare Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, as its May employee of the month.

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CORUNNA — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Shiawassee County plunged to its lowest level since early March, the Shiawassee County Health Department said Wednesday.

OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has racked up many national honors over the past year but it’s the personalized care of patients that means the most, hospital officials said during Wednesday’s annual Founders’ Day celebration.

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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Monday said the percentage of state residents who have been vaccinated ticked upward slightly over the past seven days.

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Wednesday said the number of known, active COVID-19 cases in Shiawassee County now is at the lowest level since early April.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Monday announced that 55 percent of Michiganders have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which will allow companies to reopen offices two weeks from now.

CORUNNA — For the first time in nine weeks, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Shiawassee County fell — although there are still more than 1,000 known, confirmed active infections among county residents.

CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Monday said a walk-in vaccine clinic will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Venice Township Fire Hall, 960 S. New Lothrop Road, for area residents in need of the COVID-19 vaccine.

LANSING — The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Natural Resources (MDNR) are urging Michiganders to adopt practices to protect their families and animals from rabies.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County health director says demand for COVID-19 vaccinations has leveled off and officials are considering ways to make vaccinations more convenient to spur interest.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Monday said it has received enough vaccine for 1,000 first-dose shots this week — an increase over last week, but still fewer shots than past shipments.

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Prevention Network (SPN) is hosting a drug take back event from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Village Pharmacy, 427 W. Main St. in Owosso.

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SHIAWASSEE AREA — It’s been nearly 11 years since Michigan enacted its smoke-free law, barring individuals from smoking in bars, restaurants and other workplaces statewide.

CORUNNA — Shiawassee County’s Drug Court’s fifth anniversary was celebrated with a ceremony in front of the courthouse Wednesday as officials also marked the graduation of four participants and the “phase up” of several others.

Since last June, former college athlete Matt Stromer has been dealing with the effects of end-stage kidney failure while hoping to find an organ donor.

CORUNNA — State and local health officials Friday said the Brazilian P.1 variant of COVID-19 has been identified in a Shiawassee County resident infected with the virus.

CORUNNA — During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross is celebrating the blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and urging healthy individuals to join them in giving.

CORUNNA — Shiny blue pinwheels have been arranged in front of the Shiawassee County Courthouse to represent children who are happy — the way children are supposed to be, but sometimes aren’t.

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CORUNNA — Owosso barber Karl Manke, who was fined $9,000 by state officials for violating health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, has filed an appeal in Shiawassee County seeking the dismissal of the fines.

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CORUNNA — A New York Times report Monday highlighted Shiawassee County as one of the biggest hot spots in the entire nation for the rate of COVID-19 infections.

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CORUNNA — Both Memorial Healthcare and the Shiawassee County Health Department are ramping up local vaccination efforts as the state prepares to expand vaccine eligibility to all Michigan residents 16 and up April 5.

CORUNNA — Corunna Public Schools is hosting a free COVID-19 testing clinic from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot between the transportation garage and middle school.

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OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday highlighted several business and community leaders for their outstanding efforts in 2020, a year dramatically altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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CORUNNA — The number of new cases of COVID-19 more than doubled from the previous week — and total active cases jumped by nearly 100, according to county health officials.