12/27/2021 CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
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.
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
United Way of Southwest Michigan (local): for emergency updates, links to trusted sources, food distribution sites, and self-care strategies: https://www.uwsm.
Don’t Bring COVID-19 Home. Get Tested Today At No Cost. CLICK HERE TO FIND A TEST SITE or Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, press 2 for help finding a test site.
VBCDHD has created a quarantine quiz to answer your questions on COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. This quiz can be used for parents, school-aged children, or anyone that has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
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:
- Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
- Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
- 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.
Care Advisor Phone Numbers and Web Pages:
Those wishing to make a Convenient Care appointment can call (269) 783-3052.
Ascension Online Care can be found at https://ascensiononlinecare.
Appointments can be made at https://www.
Learn more about how it works and other Family Fares that are participating here: https://www.
Hope Community Church
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
*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.
3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
COVID-19 VACCINE Resources
Where to Find Assistance and Resources
Where can I get a COVID Test?
COVID-19 COMPLAINTS: Have a concern related to health and safety?
FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID-19 QUESTIONS
MI COVID ALERT - learn about the 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!
Click here for A Toolkit FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD WEAR A MASK DURING COVID-19
> 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
> 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
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).
From the Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
NEW 10/12/2021: Options for modified quarantine for school exposure from the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department
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.
8/1/2021 - Van Buren/Cass District Health Department Return to Learn Interim Guidance for 2021-2022 School Year
MDHHS school-related outbreak data.
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
VBCDHD Updates & Press Releases
12/27/2021 CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
September 24, 2021 -MEDIA RELEASE: Van Buren/Cass District Health Department Confirms COVID-19 Associated Death of a Student in Van Buren County - Calls on community and state leaders to help contain the spread of COVID
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
5/19/2020 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/
Michigan.gov Press Releases & Coronavirus News
Michigan.gov Press Releases CORONAVIRUS NEWS
01-04-2021 - Amendment to Gatherings and Face Mask Order
12.15.2020 Press Release: MDHHS asks Michiganders to "Mask Up, Mask Right"
12-15-2020 Press Release: New online tool allows Michiganders to learn their risk of COVID-19
- December 18 - Gatherings and Face Mask Order
- December 8 - Requirements for residential care facilities
- December 1 - Testing of State of Michigan Nursing Home Inspection Staff
- October 28 - Testing in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care Facilities
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.