New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Northern Michigan

The new coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. This section contains the latest information and how to prepare from Munson Healthcare.

 
   
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What To Do If You Think You Have COVID-19

If you are mild to moderately sick, health officials at the Health Department and Munson Healthcare ask that you please stay home and take care of yourself. For conditions that can be classified as more severe and would require a healthcare visit, please follow this process:

  • Again, IF you are moderately to mildly sick – please stay home.
  • Call your healthcare provider before you visit any healthcare facility.
  • Do NOT go to the Emergency Room unless you are sick enough to require emergency care.
  • Your primary care provider will give you direction regarding testing.
  • A doctor's order is REQUIRED for COVID-19 testing.  

Visitation Restrictions

Munson Healthcare currently has restrictions for people entering our facilities for purposes other than to receive medical care, treatment, services, equipment, or supplies for themselves. Learn more >>

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Are You at Risk for COVID-19?

Your sources for the most current risk assessment of COVID-19 are the World Health Organization, the CDC, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), or your local health department.

There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan.

A Brief History: New Coronavirus

 

Coronaviruses have been around for many years and human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s. People all over the world are infected with various types of coronaviruses annually. Coronaviruses can lead to the common cold, bronchitis, and pneumonia. The most common types of coronaviruses include 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1 (Source: CDC). In January 2020, the World Health Organization announced that a new coronavirus strain, SARS-CoV-2, was identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This strain causes the disease COVID-19. It is making headlines due to how easily the virus spreads, as well as the severity of its symptoms in certain people.


What is the New Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a group of viruses, but the concern centers around a new strain called SARS-CoV-2, which was first identified in China. The CDC and World Health Organization are continuing to learn about this new virus and new measures are taken as facts are uncovered.

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What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Like other diseases causes by coronaviruses, COVID-19 can cause respiratory-type illnesses. Not all people who contract COVID-19 show symptoms. The symptoms that do surface can range from mild to life-threatening. The most common reported symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

How We Are Preparing at Munson Healthcare

Every day, Munson Healthcare is prepared to provide the best possible care for our patients. We have pre-existing disaster plans in place and drills that we conduct regularly. Also, specific protocols for screening and testing of SARS-CoV-2 are in place based on CDC guidelines.

Additionally, we have Infectious Disease physicians who are on call 24/7 to support all our hospitals and providers with any patients that require their expertise.


How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones against SARS-CoV-2 and Other Viruses

The news about the new coronavirus is unsettling, but there are things we can all do to prevent its spread. It may sound simple, but washing your hands is one of the best ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones. 

 

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How to Talk to Your Kids

What’s the best approach for talking to children about the virus? What’s the best way to keep your kids engaged during a school closure or a long self-quarantine? These resources may help you talk to your kids about the new coronavirus and keep them engaged in the days and weeks ahead.

 

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Important Recommendations from the CDC

  • The CDC recommends that people at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should stay home as much as possible. People at higher risk include:
    • Older adults
    • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).