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LANSING — Due to the prevalence of the COVID virus within the region and increased transmission of the omicron variant, Sparrow is modifying its inpatient visitor policy throughout the system to better protect caregivers, visitors and patients.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department is updating its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines to align with recent changes by the Centers for Disease Control, reducing the isolation period for people infected with the virus from 10 days to five.

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OWOSSO — While the recent surge in omicron variant COVID-19 cases seems to be waning locally, along with hospitalizations, those who are unvaccinated continue to make up an overwhelming number of people who are sickest.

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LANSING — Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan K. Cavanagh presided recently over a virtual ceremony to honor and recognize 47 graduates of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Institute of Court Management (ICM).

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CORUNNA — A dozen Shiawassee County residents died from COVID-19 over the past seven days — a pandemic record by a significant number.

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OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare’s COVID-19 patient count jumped more than 30% over the past seven days and the hospital is nearing capacity, according to figures from the state of Michigan.

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CORUNNA — Corunna Public Schools employees will soon have access to a “one-stop shop” for the majority of their health care needs.

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OWOSSO — Owosso Public Schools will enact a 10-day mask mandate for all students and staff after the Thanksgiving holiday break amid a surge in COVID-19 cases — a decision that drew mixed reactions after the board made its decision.

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OWOSSO — Shiawassee Health and Wellness has launched a fitness initiative for its employees, who have been working under stressful conditions since the pandemic hit nearly two years ago.

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MORRICE — A number of local public school districts are taking varying precautions amid a local surge in COVID-19 cases, ranging from a transition to remote learning to an extension of Thanksgiving break intended to boost the health and well-being of students and staff.

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CORUNNA — After mostly leveling off at high numbers for more than a month, COVID-19 cases saw a pandemic-record weekly increase in Shiawassee County, and a Memorial Healthcare official warned the facility is under stress from both hospitalizations and staffing issues.

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CORUNNA — According to the Sparrow Health System medical examiner’s office, 730 people died in Shiawassee County in 2020, the highest number in five years.

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MAPLE GROVE TWP. — Bill Turnwald this week won the Queen of Hearts drawing jackpot to support Twin Township Ambulance.

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OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic for uninsured area residents has announced a number of upcoming sessions.

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BYRON — Byron Area Schools became the latest district to institute changes to deal with surging COVID-19 cases when, Wednesday, the middle school and high school went to remote learning.

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CORUNNA — According to the Shiawassee County Health Department, three people died from COVID-19 over the past week while five other deaths were were confirmed through a vital records review.

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NEW LOTHROP — Faced with increasing COVID-19 case numbers, New Lothrop Area Public Schools Wednesday announced a district-wide masking requirement for students and staff, while Ovid-Elsie has returned to online learning for high school students.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department this morning announced there has been a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) at the waste-water treatment plant in Durand.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department announced Saturday that after approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available for certain people.

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OWOSSO — The Owosso City Council Monday without comment during its consent agenda voted 7-0 to purchased a new ambulance to replace a 2001 model now in use.

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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tuesday said three new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) were found recently, including two cases in Shiawassee County.

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MORRICE — A number of local public school districts are taking varying precautions amid a local surge in COVID-19 cases, ranging from a transition to remote learning to an extension of Thanksgiving break intended to boost the health and well-being of students and staff.

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CORUNNA — After mostly leveling off at high numbers for more than a month, COVID-19 cases saw a pandemic-record weekly increase in Shiawassee County, and a Memorial Healthcare official warned the facility is under stress from both hospitalizations and staffing issues.

CORUNNA — According to the Sparrow Health System medical examiner’s office, 730 people died in Shiawassee County in 2020, the highest number in five years.

MAPLE GROVE TWP. — Bill Turnwald this week won the Queen of Hearts drawing jackpot to support Twin Township Ambulance.

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Free Medical Clinic for uninsured area residents has announced a number of upcoming sessions.

BYRON — Byron Area Schools became the latest district to institute changes to deal with surging COVID-19 cases when, Wednesday, the middle school and high school went to remote learning.

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CORUNNA — According to the Shiawassee County Health Department, three people died from COVID-19 over the past week while five other deaths were were confirmed through a vital records review.

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NEW LOTHROP — Faced with increasing COVID-19 case numbers, New Lothrop Area Public Schools Wednesday announced a district-wide masking requirement for students and staff, while Ovid-Elsie has returned to online learning for high school students.

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OWOSSO — The Owosso Board of Education Monday voted, over the objections of one member who said this past week there are no legal county health orders regarding COVID-19, to follow recommendations and orders from the health department to combat the virus.

CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department this morning announced there has been a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) at the waste-water treatment plant in Durand.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department announced Saturday that after approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available for certain people.

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OWOSSO — The Owosso City Council Monday without comment during its consent agenda voted 7-0 to purchased a new ambulance to replace a 2001 model now in use.

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LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tuesday said three new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) were found recently, including two cases in Shiawassee County.

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OWOSSO — When Health First Pharmacy, 111 N. Washington St., was sold to Walgreens, Central Pharmacy-Owosso, 110 W. Exchange St., gained a lot of Health First’s old customers.

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OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare officials Thursday announced the facility has achieved a new trauma center rating that will allow it to treat patients who otherwise would automatically be sent to other hospitals — a change that could improve the chances trauma victims will survive.

OWOSSO — The United Way of Genesee County serving Genesee and Shiawassee Counties, in partnership with SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) and Walgreens, is offering free, electronic flu vaccine vouchers to the uninsured in the community.

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee County Health Department is hosting a household hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at Chippewa Trail, north of VG’s.

PERRY — Voters will head to the polls Nov. 2 to decide whether the city will lift its ban on medicinal marijuana businesses and create a city department to oversee facilities if the initiative is approved.

OWOSSO — After Matt Peisert won Weather Vane Roofing’s “Name the Rooster” contest he decided to donate his $1,000 prize to the new Liberty House, which helps adults with disabilities live independently.

Peggy Cummings, a public safety associate in Memorial Healthcare’s Public Safety Department has been chosen as the September Employee of the Month. She has been an employee at Memorial Healthcare since 2015. Cummings lives in Owosso and is married with three sons and two stepsons. Her first …

DURAND — City officials have informed the Shiawassee County Health Department that partially treated sewage overflowed from the city’s treatment plant into a local waterway connecting to the Shiawassee River Thursday.

CORUNNA — Shiawassee County over the past seven days registered its largest single-week increase in new cases of COVID-19, as well as the highest number of active cases, since May.

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CORUNNA — A handful of local municipalities and nonprofit organizations made their case to the Shiawassee County Finance and Administration Committee Wednesday, requesting varying portions of the county’s $13.2 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding during the first of several open …

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OWOSSO — The Arc of Mid-Michigan this week announced it is seeking board members to oversee the group dedicated to serving individuals with developmental issues.

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CORUNNA — The Shiawassee County Health Department Wednesday reported 183 new cases and one death related to COVID-19 over the past week.

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SHIAWASSEE AREA — Masks will be strongly recommended, but not required, for all students, teachers and staff throughout the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District to begin the 2021-22 school year.

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CALEDONIA TWP. — Residents at The Meadows assisted living facility celebrated a new quarter-mile walk path, outdoor pavilion and a patio with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

The Shiawassee County Health Department Wednesday hosted its annual breastfeeding walk at McCurdy Park as part of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The event included various booths of information in the history village, as well as a drawing for various baby-related items. The "walk" has taken …

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.