Band Together & Take ACTion

COVID-19 is spreading throughout our communities, including the more contagious Delta variant. The community positivity rate in northern MI has been tracking higher than the rest of the state. And, Munson Healthcare’s COVID-19 hospitalization rates are the highest they have been at any point during the pandemic. For these reasons, Munson Healthcare has elevated our Pandemic Response Plan to Level Red, the highest level possible. 

In this video, Ed Ness, President and CEO of Munson Healthcare, explains how the health system is adapting to this latest surge: 

Together, we can stop COVID-19. Let’s roll up our sleeves, mask up, and end this pandemic for good. Here’s how you can help:


If you’re feeling sick or you’ve been exposed

Get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. The most common mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list is not all inclusive. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Some people show more severe symptoms for COVID-19.

COVID-19: Emergency Warning Signs

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Inability to stay awake or wake up
  • Bluish lips or face

If you experience any of the more severe symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

When to Get Tested


Get tested right away at a testing location near you.


Get tested 3-5 days after exposure.

Covid-19 Testing Near Me

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Keep a safe distance (6 or more feet) from people outside your immediate household.
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol).
  • Notify your primary care physician. Follow your doctor’s instructions and be sure to follow up on recommended appointments, screenings, and treatments to ensure you’re at your healthiest. While you’re waiting for your initial visit, here’s what to prepare:
    • The date of your positive test
    • A list of symptoms you’re feeling
    • A list of medications you’re currently on
    • Questions you have about getting vaccines or booster shots

Other Things to Expect If You Have Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19

Fear or anxiety. It’s normal to feel scared or anxious if you have or you’re recovering from COVID-19 – especially if you aren’t feeling well. Uncomfortable feelings ranging from despair or exhaustion to uneasiness or even fear may take over. 

Use our free resilience toolkit to help with these feelings – though do avoid any physical activity to help feel calmer unless your doctor has approved.

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Questions or concerns. You may have questions about symptoms when your primary care physician is unavailable. Consider Ask-A-Nurse – a free tool that connects you directly to one of our registered nurses.

Our Ask-A-Nurse line is available from 7 am to 11 pm daily at 231-935-0951. This is a completely free service and does not require insurance to use! Please don’t hesitate to call us. 

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Stay Informed

We will continue providing regular updates on our website about the fight against COVID-19 in northern Michigan. Follow Munson Healthcare on Facebook and sign up to receive our newsletter for the latest news.

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