COVID-19 is still spreading throughout our communities, including the more contagious Delta variant.
And even with vaccines, we can’t let our guard down. Every time you Avoid COVID-19 Today (ACT), you make an extraordinary impact. Hospital beds stay open for emergencies. Our healthcare heroes stay healthy so they’re here when you need them. Lives are saved, and our community is safer.
The sacrifice is small compared to the impact. We need you, northern Michigan. Are you in? Let’s continue to ACT by taking these steps to slow the spread:
- Schedule the COVID-19 vaccine at your earliest opportunity. Remember that two-dose vaccines require both doses to be fully effective.
- Wear your mask when you go out in public.
- Get tested right away if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
- 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).
- Follow your doctor’s trusted advice and get recommended appointments, screenings, and treatments to ensure you’re at your healthiest.
Delta Variant: What You Need to Know
- The Delta Variant is the 'fastest and fittest' variant so far, according to the World Health Organization.
- This variant spreads easier and causes more infections than other forms of the virus.
- The Delta is already here in northern Michigan. Just a few positive cases of the Delta variant can cause a surge.
- Fully vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant to others and can experience rare a breakthrough infection from Delta.
- Fully vaccinated people who do become infected appear to be impacted by the Delta variant for a shorter period of time and experience less severe symptoms. Hospitalization and death are also significantly reduced.
- Unvaccinated people are far more likely to get the Delta variant as well as experience severe symptoms that could lead to hospitalization or death.
Questions? Learn More About the Delta Variant on our blog.
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
If you have general health-related questions about COVID-19, call 231-935-0951 to access our Munson Healthcare Ask-a-Nurse line.
COVID-19 Vaccines Protect You and Your Loved Ones
Please visit your local health department’s website, listed below, for COVID-19 vaccine scheduling or waiting list options. If you have barriers to internet access or other constraints, please call 2-1-1 (the referral line for health and human services resources) or the Aging Hotline at 231-715-5557.
Other COVID-19 vaccination locations may include:
- Your family doctor or primary care provider office. If you need help finding a family doctor, please contact Munson Healthcare Find-A-Doctor at 231-935-5886.
- Rite Aid Pharmacies: Visit riteaid.com/Covid-19 for more information.
- Meijer Pharmacies: Visit clinic.meijer.com or text COVID to 75049 for more information.
- Walgreens Pharmacies: Visit walgreens.com for more information.
- Veterans may contact the Veterans Administration for vaccine registration assistance. Call 1-800-406-5143.
- Find other vaccine providers near you at vaccinefinder.org.
If you have questions about COVID-19 or the available vaccines, please follow the links below. You can also speak to a Munson Healthcare nurse from 7 am to 11 pm daily by calling our Ask-a-Nurse line at 231-935-0951.
Help Build Herd Immunity
Even with vaccines helping to build herd immunity, we can’t let our guard down yet. Until we have about 70% of our population vaccinated, we still need to be cautious and use all of our available tools.
How We're Keeping You Safe
Your health and safety mean more to you than ever before. We understand that more than anyone because the health and safety of our communities have always been our top priority at Munson Healthcare – long before COVID-19.
Our commitment to your health and safety has never changed. But it has evolved. Our doctors and caregivers are taking all the necessary precautions to keep you safe and prevent the spread of infection.
Be a Hero
Most patients in our hospitals are not allowed to have visitors, due to state-mandated visitor restrictions. These rules are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have our well wishes! Send a kind word to let our patients and help keep their spirits up!
For Healthcare Heroes
Are you interested in sending a caring message to the healthcare team? Our hardworking Munson Healthcare Heroes appreciate all your encouraging words. Send some gratitude their way!
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If you have general health-related questions about COVID-19, call 231-935-0951 to access our Munson Healthcare Ask-a-Nurse line. Or you can call the State of Michigan new coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-888-535-6136. For even more resources, visit: