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Big Rapids Doctor Rachel Williams of Williams Family Medical discusses the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Big Rapids Doctor Rachel Williams of Williams Family Medical discusses the Coronavirus and if residents should be worried and what percautions people can take.

 

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DHD#10: Positive case of COVID-19 reported in Mecosta Co.

District Health Department #10 reports the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in a Mecosta County resident. DHD#10 is working quickly to investigate this case and to determine if there were any close contacts to this individual.

 

DHD#10 reminds everyone that it is critical that we protect each other, support each other, and work together to slow the spread of this disease. Strong community mitigation and prevention measures are already in place, and we urge residents to continue to follow recommendations:

 

  • Stay at home. Do not leave home except for essential tasks such as getting groceries or seeking medical care.
  • If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid any gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often and well, especially after being away from home, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Do not touch your face or mouth, especially when away from home.
  • Check on others. Call your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require something essential, see how you can help.

 

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, we should assume that it is present in every community. While testing is ongoing, the state is requiring clinicians to follow new CDC guidance for prioritizing tests due to limits on testing supplies.

 

Please rely on official sources for information. DHD#10 continues to provide the latest information at www.dhd10.org. Michigan updates are available at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and national updates are at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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Second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Newaygo County announced

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reports the second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Newaygo County. The individual is not a resident of Newaygo County or of Michigan but is currently residing and recuperating in Newaygo County. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has designated this as an “out of state” case in Michigan. 

 

DHD#10 is investigating the case further to determine any other potential exposures to the individual.

 

“As COVID-19 spreads throughout our region, there is the possibility that individuals may have been exposed to the virus in public places,” said Kevin Hughes, DHD#10 Health Officer. “We urge our communities to work together, take all public health executive orders seriously, and stay home to stay safe and save lives.”

 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should wash their hands, stay home, avoid close contact with sick people, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

 

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 

The Health Department and all local officials are relying on our community to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information. For local updates, visit www.dhd#10.org. Trusted information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

 

Going forward, DHD#10 will only be notifying the media of the first two cases in each of the ten counties in our jurisdiction. We will post all additional cases on our website at www.dhd10.org. This marks the second COVID-19 case in Newaygo County, so all additional cases in Newaygo County will be posted on our website.

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Spectrum Heath accepting medical supply donations

Responding to the outpouring of community inquiries and offers of support, Spectrum Health is opening 14 drop-off donation sites for medical supplies beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 24. The locations and hours of operation are listed below.


While Spectrum Health continues to maintain a supply of masks and other personal protection
equipment for its patients and health care providers, we are working to stretch our supply and
turning to the community because we anticipate the need will continue to grow.


The following items will be accepted at the donation sites:

  • N95 Masks
  • Isolation masks (adult/child)
  •  Masks with face shield/visor
  • Handmade or sewn reusable masks
  •  Face shields
  • Goggles/safety glasses
  •  Bouffant caps
  •  Extended extra protection gloves – all sizes
  •  Isolation gowns
  •  Bleach wipes
  •  Swabs (flexible mini-tip)
  •  Pocket-sized sanitizer
  •  Thermometers (digital, disposable, temporal)

Traveling to drop-off sites to donate medical supplies does not violate Michigan’s statewide stay-
at-home order, which allows for an exception to the order for providing necessities to “individuals
who need assistance as a result of this emergency”. To reduce the risk of exposure for all, we
ask donors to place donations in the bins provided at each location while maintaining a distance
of at least six feet from others. More information is available here.


Spectrum Health is not currently accepting donations of 3D printed items, other medical
equipment, medications or blankets. If you have a large donation requiring special arrangements
or a question about a donation, please email our supply chain team at
covid19supplies@spectrumhealth.org.

 

Protective Gear and Supplies Specifications

PRODUCT/CATEGORY SPECIFICATIONS
N95 Masks/Surgical Masks
  • Latex free
  • NIOSH-certified (or NIOSH-equivalent certification if manufactured outside of the U.S.)
Goggles
  • Must have D3 marking to be compliant with ANSI for chemicals
  • Latex free
Gloves
  • ASTM
  • Nitrile, latex free
  • Length: 220mm – 230 mm
Face shields
  • TBD
Procedural Masks/Isolation Masks
  • 3-layer fabric
  • Filtration efficiency >95%
  • One size fits most
  • We are accepting your generous offers to hand-make protective masks. Please follow the instructions in this informative video to ensure safety and quality.
Isolation & Surgical Gowns
  • Moderate to high barrier protection
  • ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 3 or 4
  • Minimal or low levels of barrier protections
  • ANSI/AAMI PB70 Level 1 or 2
Swabs
  • 3mL (or 1mL)
  • Flexible mini-tip
  • Plastic tubing
  • Can’t accept wooden/tube/stick
 

 

Please do not drop off items if you are sick or have been around individuals with a fever or cough.

 

City Facility              Dates/Times Address
Big Rapids Spectrum Health Big Rapids Family Medicine Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
650 Linden St, Suite 1
Big Rapids, MI 49307  
Cutlerville Spectrum Health South Pavilion Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
80 68th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548  
Fremont Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Multispecialty Clinic   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
230 W. Oak Street Fremont, MI 49412  
Georgetown Spectrum Health Medical Group Family Medicine   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
3152 Port Sheldon St Ste C, Hudsonville, MI 49426  
Grand Haven Health Pointe?   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
15100 Whittaker Way, Grand Haven, MI 49417  
Grand Rapids Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – East Beltline   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
2750 E. Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525  
Grand Rapids Spectrum Health Medical Group Lake Drive   Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  
4100 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids MI 49546  
Greenville Greenville Family Medicine Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
1202 W Oak St Suite 200, Greenville, MI 48838
Hastings Spectrum Health Pennock State Street Center Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
1108 W State St. Hastings, MI 49058  
Holland Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Holland   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
588 E. Lakewood Boulevard, Holland, MI 49424  
Ionia Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Ionia?   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
2776 S. State Road, Ionia, MI 48846  
Ludington Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Family Medicine   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
922 Lawndale St Ludington MI 49431  
North Muskegon Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – North Muskegon?   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
2009 Holton Road, Muskegon, MI 49445  
Rockford Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Rockford   Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

8501 Meadow Creek Drive, Rockford, MI 49341  

 

 

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DHD#10: Positive case of COVID-19 reported in Newaygo Co.

District Health Department #10 reports the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in a Newaygo County resident. 

 

DHD#10 is working quickly to investigate this case and to determine if there were any exposures to this individual.

 

“We ask that individuals strictly practice social distancing at this time,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “As cases are increasing, it is important to understand that individuals may display symptoms differently and not all who are sick with COVID-19 will be sick right away.”

 

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as little as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should wash their hands, stay home when sick, avoid close contact with sick people, and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

 

Individuals who have been tested and are waiting on results should stay at home until they receive their results.

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms and suspect you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with the virus, please contact your medical provider for further assistance.

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First confirmed COVID-19 case in Wexford Co. according to DHD #10

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) informed District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19 in our jurisdiction. Results for a resident of Wexford County with a history of domestic travel have come back positive.

 

DHD#10 is working quickly to investigate this case and will be working closely with the individual to identify if there were any exposures.

 

“We hope for the speedy recovery of our resident” stated DHD#10 Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Morse. “DHD#10 is relying on our communities to work together, be vigilant, and take the necessary precautions to slow the potential spread of illness. We encourage the public to avoid panic and turn to reputable sources for information. We continue to recommend prevention strategies to reduce the spread of germs and protect everyone’s health.”

 

 

Sources for updated information are www.dhd10.orgwww.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 
 

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available in EnglishChinese, and Spanish.

  • Clean your hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

 

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. View additional prevention steps from CDC for people at higher risk. Consult with your health care provider for more steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

 

Patients with confirmed infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms and suspect you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with the virus, please contact your medical provider for further assistance.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently announced the launch of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. You can also send questions to info@dhd10.org.

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District Heath Department #10 Update for COVID-19 Testing & Monitoring 3/19/20

The District Health Department reported on Thursday that NO cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in Mecosta County or any of the counties in their jurisdiction that includes: Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties.

 

AS OF 3/19/2020 at 3:30 PM: 

  • 0 positive COVID-19 cases
  • 14 negative COVID-19 test results
  • 113 pending tests ?

If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19, contact your medical provider for assessment.

Prevention Methods:

  • Clean hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue away and wash hands immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

District Health Department #10 is monitoring the situation closely with the state and healthcare providers. We are prepared to respond should a potential case come to any county within our jurisdiction. 

Questions?  email us at info@dhd10.org or call the state hotline at: 1-888-535-6136

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District Health Dept. #10 warns residents of Coronavirus scams

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is urging residents to be aware of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic happening throughout the country. Scammers are attempting to sell fake products and are calling individuals posing as health officials and providing false information on testing and treatments.

 

DHD#10 received reports of a woman calling individuals and identifying herself as a nurse. She claims that the individual has a positive COVID-19 test and is asking for credit card information so that an antibiotic can be sent for treatment.

 

“It is important for the public to know that DHD#10 would never ask for a credit card or financial information like this, especially with regard to COVID-19,” stated Jeannine Taylor, Public Information Officer for DHD#10. “The scary thing is, some of these scammers actually have personal information about the person they are calling so it makes them more believable. We urge everyone to be very cautious when they answer calls, emails, and social media messages. As a general rule, do not give out personal information unless you know who you are talking to is who they claim to be.”

If an individual believes they are the target of a scam, they may file a scam complaint with the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection webpage is available as a resource as well as the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team at 877-765-8388.

 

As of Thursday morning, DHD#10 has not received word of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the jurisdiction. However, with increased testing and cases reported in neighboring areas, it is expected that community transmission of the virus will occur.

    

DHD#10 staff are working constantly to monitor this evolving situation and will continue to provide new information to the community as things change. More information can be found at www.dhd10.orgwww.michigan.gov/coronavirus, or www.cdc.com/coronavirus

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District Heath Department #10 Update for COVID-19 Testing & Monitoring 3/18/20

The District Health Department reported on Wednesday that NO cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in Mecosta County or any of the counties in their jurisdiction that includes: Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties.

 

AS OF 3/18/2020: 

  • 0 positive COVID-19 cases
  • 4 negative COVID-19 test results
  • 7 determined not a COVID-19 case
  • 97 pending tests
  • 80 confirmed cases in Michigan

If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19, contact your medical provider for assessment.

Prevention Methods:

  • Clean hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue away and wash hands immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

District Health Department #10 is monitoring the situation closely with the state and healthcare providers. We are prepared to respond should a potential case come to any county within our jurisdiction. 

Questions?  email us at info@dhd10.org or call the state hotline at: 1-888-535-6136

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District Heath Department #10 Update for COVID-19 Testing & Monitoring 3/17/20

The District Health Department reported on Sunday that NO cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in Mecosta County or any of the counties in their jurisdiction that includes: Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties.

 

AS OF 3/17/2020: 

  • 0 positive COVID-19 cases
  • 4 negative COVID-19 test results
  • 7 determined not a COVID-19 case
  • 80 pending tests
  • 12 confirmed cases in Michigan

If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19, contact your medical provider for assessment.

Prevention Methods:

  • Clean hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue away and wash hands immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

District Health Department #10 is monitoring the situation closely with the state and healthcare providers. We are prepared to respond should a potential case come to any county within our jurisdiction. 

Questions?  email us at info@dhd10.org or call the state hotline at: 1-888-535-6136

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Mecosta Co. buildings closed until April 6th; Sheriff's Office lobby open

In an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, Mecosta County officials will be implementing changes to slow the potential spread of the virus, minimize the burden to our healthcare providers and maintain the health and safety of employees and community members.

 

Effective at the close of business today, all Mecosta County Building's will be closed to the public until Monday, April 6.

 

All employees will continue to report to work and can provide services through phone or email communications.

 

The Sheriff's Office lobby will continue to be open to the public and Jail visitation will continue.

 

Gun registration must be mailed in and there will be no counter service available.

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District Heath Department #10 Update for COVID-19 Testing & Monitoring 

The District Health Department reported on Sunday that NO cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in Mecosta County or any of the counties in their jurisdiction that includes: Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties.

 

AS OF 3/15/2020: 

  • 34 people assessed for COVID-19 from medical provider
  • 5 ruled out for COVID-19 testing due to flu or other conditions
  • 29 tested for COVID-19
  • 7 results negative
  • 22 results pending at the state lab 
  • 53 positive cases in Michigan 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently announced the launch of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.

 

You can also send questions to info@dhd10.org. 

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FSU Officials: Kent Co. resident attended university conference has tested positive for COVID-19

On Monday, officials at Ferris State University were notified by the Kent County Health Department that a Kent County resident, who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, had attended the Great Lakes Infectious Disease Conference on March 7, 2020.

 

The conference took place at Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy facility in Grand Rapids, MI.

 

The University has sent e-mail letters to the conference attendees recommending they self-isolate or self-monitor through March 21. A Message to Campus from Ferris President David Eisler has been provided to the campus community, offering details on the development.

 

The university’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is available as a resource to provide the latest updates and information on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

           

This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on one of our campuses, and the University is working closely with the Kent County Health Department and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health guidance in responding to this information.

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Spectrum Health Cancels Non-Urgent Patient Appointments, Procedures, Surgeries

In a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Tuesday, March 17, Spectrum Health is canceling all appointments, surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergency-related for the next two weeks.


“We believe this is the right step to protect our patients, team members and communities,” said
Darryl Elmouchi, Chief Medical Officer, Spectrum Health System and President, Spectrum Health
Medical Group. “We appreciate the understanding of our communities as we navigate this
unprecedented situation and strive to do what is right. We will continue to evaluate this on a
weekly basis and will extend these closures as needed.”


Patients with scheduled non-urgent appointments, procedures or surgeries during this time will
be contacted by their provider(s) regarding next steps. If you have questions, please call your
physician’s office.

 

More information about COVID-19 is posted on the Spectrum Health website.

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Governor Whitmer News Conference Audio 3/15/20

Click HERE for audio from Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Coronavirus updates on 3/15/20. 

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Gov. Whitmer orders schools closed for next three weeks beginning March 16th

A three week break for students in Michigan.

 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all K-thru-12 schools be closed for three weeks starting Monday.

 

The order came after ten more people tested positive for coronavirus.

 

Michigan now has 12 confirmed cases. S

 

chools will be closed through April fifth at least.

 

The Governor says the state will work with local school districts to help children and families during the three week closure.

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12 Coronavirus cases now confirmed in Michigan

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan has jumped to 12.

 

The Governor and state Health Department announced new cases in Oakland, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm counties.

 

The new patients are five women and five men. Nine have a history of travel.

 

Health officials continue to urge residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus in Michigan.

 

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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Spectrum Health screening for COVID-19


 

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital employees Brittany Eldred, left, and Billie Fedewa were screening hospital visitors Thursday afternoon in Big Rapids as a precaution in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan. Hospital visitors will be asked a series of questions before being allowed to visit patients as a safeguard for staff and other patients. Spectrum Health announced visitor restrictions this week including no children visitors under the age of 12, only one visitor per patient, except for maternity patients and pediatric patients, where two visitors will be allowed. Visitors and family members must be healthy and without symptoms of illness.

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Spectrum Heath Hospitals enacts new visitor restrictions

Spectrum Health has created new restrictions for people visiting patients in its hospitals.

 

The measures are being taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Children under 12 years old will not be allowed to visit Spectrum Health hospitals during this time.

 

Visitors are limited to one per patient, including family members.

 

Pediatric and maternity patients are allowed two visitors.

 

Visitors must be healthy and must not have symptoms of illness.

 

People who have recently traveled to countries that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include in COVID-19 travel warnings will not be allowed to visit.

 

Free virtual COVID-19 screenings are being offered by Spectrum Health. Appointments can be made by calling 616.391.2380.

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District Health Department #10 issues statement regarding coronavirus

No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within District Health Department #10’s (DHD#10) ten-county jurisdiction, but two cases are now confirmed in Michigan – one each in Wayne and Oakland counties. Both cases are hospitalized. Testing is ongoing: 15 individuals have tested negative in Washtenaw, and 57 in Michigan as of today. To date, DHD#10 has given three COVID-19 tests, all coming back negative for the virus. DHD#10 has monitored two people at medium risk for COVID-19 in our jurisdiction; one individual is past the 14-day monitoring period, and one individual is currently being monitored.

 

DHD#10 continues to recommend prevention strategies. Handwashing is critically important to reduce the spread of illness, as is staying away from others when sick and maintaining “social distancing.” Whenever possible in community settings or meetings, practice maintaining extra distance between people, up to 6 feet. We are not yet recommending widespread closures or cancellations. To date, there is no confirmation of a local case or possible community exposures within the DHD#10 jurisdiction. When or if this changes DHD#10 will issue additional recommendations or orders.

 

The situation locally may change quickly. DHD#10 and your local County Officials are relying on our communities to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information.

 

Response Actions

DHD#10 is working with health care providers to test individuals as needed. Individuals with concerns or symptoms should call their health care provider first with questions. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Remember that these symptoms may also be caused by other viruses, such as flu. Additionally, an individual without symptoms is very unlikely to test positive, even with possible exposure.

DHD#10 continues to coordinate with federal, state, and local officials, as well as institutions, schools, and community organizations, to be ready for additional actions and communications should we have local cases.

We know this possibility of local cases may cause concern, and we are working to share timely, accurate information without causing unnecessary alarm.

 

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available in EnglishChinese, and Spanish.

 

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.

 

Clean and disinfect

 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is available  from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes many commonly used products.

 

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask

If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.  View additional prevention steps from CDC for people at higher risk. Consult with your health care provider for more steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

 

REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone else.

 

Updates

This situation may change quickly. Refer to these sites for current information:

 

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CORONAVIRUS: Ferris State University switches to online classes beginning March 16th

As a number of Michigan colleges and universities transition from face to face classes to online courses amid the confirmed test results of two people with the coronavirus or (COVID-19), Ferris State University says it will switch to online courses at all campus locations including the Kendall College at and design for at least a week beginning Monday, March 16th. 

 

Ferris State President David Eisler issued a statement that reads as follows: 

 

As we continue to actively monitor the evolving global epidemic associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), your health is our number one priority. While there are no confirmed cases in our area, two cases were confirmed in Michigan last evening and the Governor has declared a state of emergency. In this rapidly changing environment there are several important updates to share with you.

 

Beginning Monday, March 16, all face-to-face classes at all Ferris State University campus locations, including Kendall College of Art and Design, are being suspended and replaced with a remote learning delivery method. Initially this will continue through March 27 and may be extended if necessary. All campuses will remain open during this period. Your academic department, academic advisor or faculty instructor will be in contact with you to explain how education will occur in your course during this period. If your course is transitioned to an online format and you do not have Internet access, or do not have access to a computer, we will work to assist you. All courses currently delivered online will continue as scheduled.

 

Along with the suspension of face-to-face classes, if you live in a residence hall in Big Rapids, we strongly encourage you to remain home during this time. However, residence halls and a condensed dining capability will be open after spring break if needed. If you are a student employee and were away during spring break, it is not necessary that you return to your campus employment at this time. If this causes a financial hardship for you, we will assist you. Please contact the Financial Aid office for assistance at (231) 591-2100.

 

All University-sponsored, international travel (including Canada) has been suspended until further notice. University-sponsored travel throughout the United States will occur only on a necessary and essential basis. We strongly encourage you to avoid personal travel to areas with documented COVID-19 cases.

 

To lessen the chance of introducing or spreading COVID-19, all University events of more than 100 attendees will be postponed or canceled. Where possible, we are encouraging organizers to conduct events through live streaming or other technologies.

 

While there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent the spread of illness on our campus. The disruptions to our normal, everyday operations will cause some challenges, but I believe the risk of not doing these actions far outweighs the temporary inconveniences this may cause. Your health and safety are always our top priority.

 

We continue to ask everyone to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For further information please check our website or contact the Dean of Student Life Joy Pulsifer at joypulsifer@ferris.edu.

 

Sincerely,

David L. Eisler, president

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