Updated July 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.:

LOCATION
Positive cases of COVID-19
Deaths
Recovered* as of  7/1/2020
Van Buren County

230

8

143

Cass County
161

6

85

Michigan

67,683

6,024

52,841**

United States***

3,047,671

132,056

Not available

*Van Buren-Cass District Health Department will be posting “recovered” numbers once a week on Friday’s. Recovered is defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

** As of July 3, 2020

*** As of July 9, 2020

To see important information about the pandemic status including daily totals, click on the MI Safe Start Map.

 

 

 

 

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

 

In Michigan:  www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

National:         www.cdc.gov/COVID19

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 information about FABRIC FACE COVERINGS: how to LOCATE them and where to DONATE them in our area – as well as IMPORTANT information about Safety & Use

 

MASK UP, MICHIGAN

 


Click HERE for our GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES REOPENING page and download the local VBCDHD Covid-19 Business Reopening Guidance Toolkit

 


From the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer:

> ALL  COVID-19 Executive Orders & Directives can be found by clicking HERE.
>  Stay  home. Stay safe. Save Lives  Guidance 
> Gov. Whitmer Releases MI Safe Start Plan, A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan’s Economy
> State of Michigan Launches Online Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots to help Residents Lacking Access to Broadband Internet

   

 


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

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

 

Care Advisor Phone Numbers and Web Pages:

Bronson

(269) 341-7788

www.bronsonhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19


Ascension Borgess

(833) 978-0649

www.healthcare.ascension.org


Spectrum Health Lakeland

(616) 391-2380

https://www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/covid19

*a Chatbot is available online

*Drive-up testing is available but all patients require a physician's order to be tested.


InterCare Health Network

(855) 869-6900

https://www.intercare.org/covid-19.html 
*Drive-thru testing is available in Bangor, Pullman and Benton Harbor. Individuals do NOT have to have a lab order (does NOT have to be InterCare only)

 

Where to Find Assistance and Resources

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. 
More people are now eligible for COVID-19 testing.  Learn more: MDHHS expands COVID-19 testing criteria to better protect residents; Greater access is important as Michigan reopens state economy.

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

 

 

Where to find Assistance

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

> 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.

> 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.

 

Resources
Información- español
MI Safe Start Map

MI Safe Start Map is an online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work. click on the graphic to access the dashboard

VBCDHD Updates & Press Releases

VBCDHD Updates
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.