As cases continue to increase in our district, to break the chain of infection and continue to slow the spread, we’re calling anyone who has a positive COVID-19 test or has been a contact (within 6ft for 15 minutes or longer) of a person who tested positive for coronavirus. 
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. 
Updated September 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.:
LOCATION
Positive cases of COVID-19
Deaths
Recovered* as of  9/25/2020
Van Buren County

677

15

533

Cass County
532

16

364

Michigan
121,427 6,723

95,051**

United States***

7,009216

203,180

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 September 25, 2020

*** As of September 24, 2020

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know MDHHS has a robust COVID-19 FAQ page available? 
Whether you have questions about COVID-related symptoms and testing, child support, insurance, livestock, mental health, schools, business, and more the FAQ page has responses for many frequently asked questions. It’s a great place to begin.

 

MDHHS is now reporting school-related outbreak data.  Outbreaks are defined as schools having two (2) or more COVID-19 cases who may have shared exposure at the school grounds and are not from the same household (with the exception of dorms and off-campus housing) are included.

 


Have a concern related to health and safety during COVID-19 re-opening?

Click HERE to reach the  MDHHS Reporting Forms page to file a complaint

 


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 


MASK UP, MICHIGAN                    MI MASK AID

8/6/2020 Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-164 which requires face coverings to be worn in all child-care centers and camps.

7/10/2020 Gov. Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.

      

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

 


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

 

updated 9/14/2020 Interim Public Guidance: Contact Sports Learn about the risks of getting COVID-19 while playing contact sports and mitigation measures teams should adopt.
09/04/2020 MDARD Reminds U-pick, Corn Mazes and Agri-Tourism Operators to Follow COVID-19 Safety Guidance for the Fall Season
09/04/2020 Guidance for Reopening Aquatic Venues
Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Restoring Water Quality in Buildings for Reopening

Back to School:  As schools begin to release their return to school plans, we know many parents face the difficult choice between in-person and virtual learning. VBCDHD has been actively consulting with schools throughout Cass and Van Buren Counties as they prepare for a safe return to school this fall. We recognize the difficult position for all and applaud our local school districts for maintaining student health and safety a priority throughout the planning process.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a Back to School Decision Making Tool designed to help parents/guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available education options to help make decisions about sending their child(ren) back to school. We strongly encourage you to review this and share with parents/guardians of school-aged children.

CDC Report: The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall
MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap

 


From the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer:

 

An easy-to-use chart is available online that summarizes Governor Whitmer’s executive orders related to COVID-19, which includes a list of activities that are allowed, not allowed, or limited in some way.  The chart can be sorted by category, activity, region of the state, and more. The executive order should always be reviewed, and in the event of a conflict between the order and online table, the order controls.
> 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:

Ascension Borgess-Lee
Testing at all Ascension sites requires a physician order. Those needing a test can either make an appointment at Convenient Care (Same Day appointments) or complete a virtual visit with a provider. More information can be found at https://healthcare.ascension.org/covid-19. Those wishing to make a Convenient Care appointment can call 269-783-3052, choose Option 3. Ascension Online Care can be found at  https://ascensiononlinecare.org/landing.htm
 
 
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network - Niles Community Health Center
(269) 930-1002  / Testing is by appointment 
1951 Oak St. Niles, MI 49120.   
Mondays 8-12 noon; Tuesdays 1-5 pm; Thursdays 8-12 noon.   
*No charge to patients, insurance billed if available.  
 
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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Call 2-1-1 or visit the COVID-19 test finder online to get information on coronavirus testing near you.
 
MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline (8am-5pm)

Where to Find Assistance and Resources

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

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.