Van BurenCass Weekly COVID-19 Data Report 09172021

If you get a call from our Health Department (269-621-3143 or 269-782-0064) or MI COVID HELP (866-806-3447), keep your family and friends safe by answering the call.

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For the most recent data go to : https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

We recommend referring to these sites for the most current information:

In Michigan:  www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

                        MDHHS:  MI START MAP

National:         www.cdc.gov/COVID19

                        CDC: COVID Data Tracker

United Way of Southwest Michigan (local): for emergency updates, links to trusted sources, food distribution sites, and self-care strategies: https://www.uwsm.org/emergency-preparedness-response 

Click HERE for COVID-19 Vaccine information

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NEW 9/8/2021: To help ensure Michigan students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom and keep students in school for in-person learning the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued updated quarantine guidance.

 

CDC updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
8/1/2021 – Van Buren/Cass District Health Department Return to Learn Interim Guidance for 2021-2022 School Year
Required vs Recommended for Schools 2021
 August 10 2021 MDHHS Face Mask Recommendations
July 28, 2021 LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT – Face Mask Recommendations
July 27, 2021 CDC: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated – How to Protect Yourself and Others

 

VBCDHD is working closely with our local medical community to address COVID-19

Van Buren/Cass District Health Deaprtment

The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department is not currently testing at our location.

If an individual suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and take one of the following steps: 

  1. Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
  2. Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
  3. Contact one of the Care Advisor Phone Numbers or Web Pages provided by our local health systems.  *these numbers are helpful for individuals who do not have a PCP.

*If your symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1

LOCAL CARE ADVISORS AND COVID-19 TEST FINDER
GET TESTED... If you feel sick - If someone close to you is sick or has symptoms - If you work outside the home. 

 

Don't Bring COVID-19 Home. Get Tested Today At No Cost. Find a Testing Site Near You using MDHHS COVID-19 Test Finder:

 

Care Advisor Phone Numbers and Web Pages:

Ascension Borgess Lee
https://healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19.
Those wishing to make a Convenient Care appointment can call (269) 783-3052.
Ascension Online Care can be found at  https://ascensiononlinecare.org/landing.htm.
 
 
 
Family Fare in Paw Paw, 847 S Kalamazoo St Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079
Appointments can be made at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/.
Learn more about how it works and other Family Fares that are participating here: https://www.shopfamilyfare.com/covid-19-testing  

Hope Community Church
Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest
 2390 Lake Street, Niles. 
Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays 12 – 7 p.m. 
Free saliva tests, does not require ID or insurance, is available for any age (including infants), and anticipates a 3-4 day result turnaround.

InterCare Health Network
(855) 869-6900
https://www.intercare.org/covid-19.html 
*Drive-thru testing is available in Bangor (Wednesdays 9am-3pm), Pullman (Tuesdays 9am-3pm), and Benton Harbor (see site for list of days/times).  Individuals do not have to bring a lab order.
 
Spectrum Health Lakeland
(616) 391-2380
https://www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/covid19
 
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3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
COVID-19 VACCINE Resources

Where to Find Assistance and Resources

My test was POSITIVE (+) what do I do?

 

  Individuals notified they are positive should do the following:

  • Isolate for 10 days. Individuals need to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 10 days from the day a positive test sample was collected if they don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic). After 10 days, if your symptoms have improved and you are fever free without the use of medications, it is ok to return to normal activities. If you are still feeling sick, please consult with a medical professional as some people can be contagious for a longer period. if symptoms improve and you are fever free without the use of medications, it is okay to return to normal activities after 10 days
  • Notify all of your close contacts and ask that they quarantine.  A close contact includes people you have been within 6 feet of for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting 2 days before your symptoms began, or for COVID-positive individuals without symptoms, 2 days prior to when your test sample was collected.

o   Inform close contacts they need to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last contact to you while you were considered contagious and monitor for symptoms

o   If symptoms arise, get tested

  • If you need an isolation or quarantine letter for your employer, call Van Buren/Cass District Health Department at (269) 621-3143, option 0.

Please note: receiving a negative COVID-19 test result after exposure does not mean that you will not develop symptoms or test positive at a future time within your quarantine period.  Close contacts need to complete the full 14-day quarantine period even if they do not develop symptoms or test negative.

When to Quarantine - Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19

A 14-day quarantine remains the gold standard and is the safest way to know you will not develop an infection after exposure to COVID-19. Following MDHHS recommendation, VBCDHD will adhere to the 14-day quarantine period for all identified contacts.

I might have been exposed to COIVD-19
WHAT ARE MY COVID RISKS?

My COVID-19 Risk at-a glance:

 

Risk Level as of February 20

Click here for the most up-to-date Risk levels.

12-15-2020 Press Release: New online tool allows Michiganders to learn their risk of COVID-19 MDHHS Aging & Adult Services launches service with older adults in mind.

click the link: CV19 CheckUp to learn more about YOUR COVID-19 risks.

COVID-19 COMPLAINTS: Have a concern related to health and safety?
FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID-19 QUESTIONS

Have a question? See MDHHS Frequently asked  COVID-19 QUESTIONS page

MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline (8am-5pm)

(888) 535-6136
www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

MI COVID ALERT - learn about the APP

Stay safe. Protect each other.

MI COVID ALERT APP

 

MI COVID Alert is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to notify each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan.

Using the MI COVID Alert app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialize, work or travel.

MI COVID Alert uses Bluetooth signal strength over time to measure and record whether two devices using the app have been close to each other. It can then notify users of the app of possible past exposure to COVID-19 when another user later submits confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test. For example, if two app users are within six (6) feet of each other for at least 15 minutes and one of those users tests positive for COVID-19 one week later, that index case user can trigger anonymous push notifications to other app users with whom they may have had contact in the past. The other user, from one week earlier, would receive an anonymous notification letting them know that they may have been exposed, and what next steps they should consider. The app does not track location or geolocate individuals in any way.

For more information on how the app functions, visit www.michigan.gov/MICOVIDalert

MASK UP MICHIGAN!
NEED ASSISTANCE?

> Call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance. You can also search the 211 online database.

>Mental Health Resources: Stay Home. Stay Well - www.Michigan.gov/StayWell ifyou are feeling emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. There are many ways to connect with emotional support

Mindfulness and Stress Resilience Activities

4/17/2020 Area Agency on Aging and United Way Team Up to Deliver Shelf Stable Food to Seniors

> Mental Health Resources - Clinicians are available for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Anyone who wishes to speak to a mental health clinician can do so by calling the following numbers: Woodlands Behavioral Health (Cass County) 269-445-2541 or 800-323-0335  Van Buren Community Mental Health (VB County) 800-922-1418

 

> Apply for Benefits, Manage Your Case, and Explore Resources. MIBridges offers a number of programs to help you and your family with temporary assistance when times are tough.

> United Way of Southwest Michigan (local): for emergency updates, links to trusted sources, food distribution sites, and self-care strategies:  https://www.uwsm.org/emergency-preparedness-response 

> SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster, call 1-800-985-5990.

> The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has some helpful tips and strategies from  mental health professionals to help you or a loved one struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general health anxiety concerns. The ADAA blog posts and videos contain information about the virus and helpful tips about how to mitigate against increased anxiety.  

>Stay home, stay MIndful. -  Headspace.com.  This special collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis.

 

MDHHS EPIDEMIC ORDERS

all MDHHS Epidemic Orders

Learn About the November 18 Epidemic Order

Epidemic Order Fact Sheet 10/29/2020
Epidemic Order Overview 10/29/2020
 

10/21/2020, MDHHS Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 that updates and further expands requirements for residential care facilities, while also permitting indoor visitation in residential care facilities in certain circumstances.

The residential care order continues to limit communal dining and internal and external group activities consistent with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance and it requires quick notification in the event an employee or resident is confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

Under the order, visitation rules are linked to the risk level of the county. A list of county risk levels is available on the MI Safe Start Map (click "Dashboard" in the upper right to see data).

 
Learn about the October 9th Epidemic Order
From the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
Schools

NEW 9/8/2021: To help ensure Michigan students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom and keep students in school for in-person learning the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued updated quarantine guidance.

 
MDHHS  school-related outbreak data.  
MI Safe Schools: Michigan's 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap
Resources
Información- español
Social gathering Guidance
Celebrating the Holidays During COVID-19

As we head into the holiday season and cases continue to rise, it has never been more important to heed the advice of experts.  Follow these recommendations and ideas for a safer holiday:

>Stay in your bubble.  Limit your gathering to two households at a time - the smaller the group the better.

>Host a Zoom-holiday.  Share pie over Zoom (or other video conferencing).  Discuss what you're thankful for, say a prayer together, reminisce about Holiday's past and ideas for the next one, or even play a party game.

>Drop off home-cooked favorites.  Even if you can't be together, that doesn't mean you can't still share a meal.  Consider dropping off home-cooked favorites so you can share a virtual meal.

>Isolate before you go.  If you know you'll be visiting with one another household, consider isolating before you go.  The longer you isolate, the lower your risk of spreading COVID-19.

 

11.15.2020 Social Gathering Guidance

11.15.2020 Safe Social Pods

guía de reuniones sociales 29 de octubre

Traveling for the Holidays During COVID-19

Tips for Holiday Gatherings

VBCDHD Updates & Press Releases

COVID-19 Video Update from the Medical Director *NEW 12.03.20
NEW 11.11.2020 Public Health Update: News Release_COVID contact tracing priority shift_11.11.2020

11.11.2020 Public Health Update:  News Release_COVID contact tracing priority shift_11.11.2020

Over the past month, the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported to Van Buren/Cass District Health Department (VBCDHD) have increased significantly.  Recent cases have reported numerous close contacts making contact tracing efforts difficult to sustain.  Even with assistance from partner organizations and increased staffing, capacity has been reached.  Individuals and their close contacts may not receive a phone call from Van Buren/Cass District Health Department.

Effective immediately, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department has made the decision, based on the overwhelming number of Van Buren and Cass County cases, to focus efforts on containing potential outbreaks by:

  1. Continuing case investigation and contact tracing in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools as well as clusters identified as priority by VBCDHD such as high-risk congregate settings; and

  2. Assisting businesses with COVID-related issues

 

With the change in priorities, we are asking for everyone’s help to follow isolation and quarantine measures.

Individuals notified they are positive should do the following:

  • Isolate for 10 days. Individuals need to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 10 days from the day a positive test sample was collected if they don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic). After 10 days, if your symptoms have improved and you are fever free without the use of medications, it is ok to return to normal activities. If you are still feeling sick, please consult with a medical professional as some people can be contagious for a longer period. if symptoms improve and you are fever free without the use of medications, it is okay to return to normal activities after 10 days
  • Notify all of your close contacts and ask that they quarantine.  A close contact includes people you have been within 6 feet of for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting 2 days before your symptoms began, or for COVID-positive individuals without symptoms, 2 days prior to when your test sample was collected.

o   Inform close contacts they need to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last contact to you while you were considered contagious and monitor for symptoms

o   If symptoms arise, get tested

  • If you need an isolation or quarantine letter for your employer, call Van Buren/Cass District Health Department at (269) 621-3143, option 0.

Please note: receiving a negative COVID-19 test result after exposure does not mean that you will not develop symptoms or test positive at a future time within your quarantine period.  Close contacts need to complete the full 14-day quarantine period even if they do not develop symptoms or test negative.

“CDC and MDHHS guidance have not changed - wearing masks and social distancing are imperative if we are going to eliminate coronavirus. Stay home if you are sick and stay away from social gatherings, especially with people outside of your household and if masking and social distancing is not happening,” says Dr. Larry Wile, Medical Director, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department. He continues, “we are counting on our entire community to help stop the spread and slow the infection until we can access other tools for prevention, like a vaccine.  We ask everyone be ready to take action on their own if they test positive for COVID-19.  Isolating and notifying your close contacts are critical to containing the spread within our community.”

If you get a call from our Health Department (269-621-3143 or 269-782-0064) or MI COVID HELP (866-806-3447), keep your family and friends safe by answering the call. 
VBCDHD Updates

10/6/2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: VBCDHD Local Response to COVID-19 Supreme Court Ruling_Press Release_10.6.2020  Van Buren/Cass District Health Department Maintains the Importance of Precautionary Measures to Prevent COVID-19.  Despite legal uncertainty, stay the course on COVID-19 guidelines as cases continue to surge.

7/14/2020 Growing Data Show Hispanic/Latino Communities Being Hit Disproportionately by COVID-19 - Health Department Officials focus efforts on prevention

7/14/2020 Cada vez más datos muestran que las comunidades de hispanos/latinos resultan afectadas en forma desproporcionada por el COVID-19 -
Funcionarios del Departamento de Salud enfocan sus esfuerzos en la prevención  

5/21/2020  Kick Off a Safer Summer_News Release_VB Cass DHD

5/19/2020  Van Buren Cass District Health Deaprtment launch a dedicated webpage to assist Cass and Van Buren county businesses and organizations with reopening safely: https://vbcassdhd.org/guidance-for-businesses-reopening/ as well as provide a Guidance for Reopening Local Toolkit.

4/30/2020 Access to Homemade Fabric Face Coverings Increase in VB and Cass County_News Release

3/26/2020 Van Buren Cass District Health Department Announces First Positive case of COVID-19 in Cass County

3/24/2020 Van Buren Cass District Health Department Announces First Positive Case of COVID-19 in Van Buren County

3/20/2020 Van Buren/Cass District Health Department TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

3/19/2020 Van Buren/Cass District Health Department COVID-19 PREVENTION GUIDANCE FOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS rev

3/13/2020 Van Buren/Cass District Health Department LETTER TO LTC & ADULT CARE FACILITIES

3/11/2020 UPDATE Van Buren/Cass District Health Department LETTER TO OUR PARTNERS IN HEALTH

3/2/2020  Van Buren/Cass District Health Department RESPONSE: WHAT WE ARE DOING?

Michigan.gov Press Releases & Coronavirus News
Healthcare.gov

Health insurance enrollment deadlines are fast approaching for people who lost their health insurance due to layoffs, reduced hours, or a change in income during the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of low or no-cost health care options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers in these situations must sign up for health insurance within 60 days, which is coming soon for people who were impacted in the early weeks of the COVID-19 response.

To determine eligibility, consumers should visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov. Depending on income and their situation, consumers may qualify for cost sharing reductions, premium tax credits, coverage for their children (CHIP), or Medicaid. Consumers should contact DIFS toll free at 877-999-6442 if they need assistance.