Health News & Info

Stress Awareness Month – April 2020

Take time to unwind…

Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is invaluable. It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate.

STRESS HAPPENS.

Sometimes it’s unavoidable—at times it’s unbearable—and that’s why taking time for yourself is indispensable.

www.FOH.PSC.gov/unwind

East Jordan Family Health Center Employee Receives Positive Coronavirus Test.

East Jordan, MI. On April 1, 2020, an East Jordan Family Health Center employee was confirmed as having a positive Coronavirus test.  The employee has been quarantined at home since March 25th, 2020 and is doing well with mild symptoms at this time. Direct colleagues of this employee have been under delegated “self-monitoring” since March 25th and will continue for a minimum of 14 days. This individual had a history of downstate Michigan travel and was involved with a large group setting.  

The Bellaire and East Jordan Family Health Centers have taken significant measures to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus within our facilities.  The health center will continue these daily prevention efforts and will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation in our workplace and throughout northern MI.  As a result of these proactive measures, employees and patients of Bellaire and East Jordan Family Health Centers remain at a low risk for exposure to the Coronavirus.

All staff of the Bellaire and East Jordan Family Health Centers will continue to strictly adhere to PPE, social distancing and handwashing guidelines, both at work and home, to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   

If you have questions regarding the Coronavirus, visit our website at www.ejfhc.org for up to date information along with additional services provided at both the Bellaire and East Jordan locations. Working together, we can limit the impact of the virus on our community.

Please help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases by practicing everyday prevention including frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes with the bend of the elbow, and not touching the eyes, mouth or the nose.

East Jordan Family Health Center – (231) 536-2206

Bellaire Family Health Center – (231) 533-8649

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Effective Wednesday April 1, The Health Department of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with Emmet County, Northern Michigan Med Center, McLaren Northern Michigan, the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Petoskey Public Safety, will be offering appointment based, drive-through testing at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Testing will be scheduled from 12-4PM Monday through Friday for patients 12 and older. Patients will obtain a self-collected sample at the site. We are requesting that anyone referred view a short video demonstrating collection method as part of the referral process.

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Munson Current Updates

Health Center Update 04/01/2020

The East Jordan and Bellaire Family Health Centers continue to monitor and be proactive in response to the COVID-19 outbreak across our community. Though the spread of this virus will have a slightly slower transmission rate in rural areas, community members need to be diligent in social distancing and self-quarantining as there are additional barriers to care that will likely impact our regions ability to combat the disease. These include transportation limitations, older population, lack of access to providers and health care facilities.

Increases in the northern Michigan population “places a substantial strain on our communities as travelers seek supplies, such as groceries and toiletries, as well as potentially needing health care in the event they become sick. During this public health crisis, many rural communities may not be equipped with personnel, supplies or resources for a surge in population,” as stated in the Health Department of Northwest Michigan’s Public Health Advisory issued March 31, 2020.

If you choose to travel to your seasonal home or return home from travel, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan asks travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to your destination and obey the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order. Do not go out unless necessary to obtain essential supplies and services.

The East Jordan and Bellaire Family Health Centers are converting all routine office appointments to telephone visits. The healthcare provider will determine if a in-office visit would benefit a patient more and outweigh the risk exposure to Coronavirus. Your provider will be your best resource for determining your scheduling needs. If you feel that you are having a health emergency, please call 911 for the quickest assistance.

If you have questions regarding the Coronavirus, visit our website at www.ejfhc.org for up to date information along with additional services provided at both the Bellaire and East Jordan locations. Working together, we can limit the impact of the virus on our community.

Please help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases by practicing everyday prevention including frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes with the crock of the elbow, and not touching the eyes, mouth or the nose.

East Jordan Family Health Center – (231) 536-2206

Bellaire Family Health Center – (231) 533-8649

Census Day – April 1, 2020

Today is #CensusDay, when everyone is encouraged to make sure they are counted and fill out the 2020 Census. As nonprofits, you have the unique advantage of working directly with households people who are often undercounted.

Here are a few action items you can take TODAY to ensure you are doing the best for the people you serve:

  • Use email, social media, text messaging and more to remind staff, volunteers, clients and everyone else they can complete the census online, by phone or mail
  • Join the online #CensusChallenge hosted by State Voices, Census Counts 2020 and The Leadership Conference
  • Ensure your clients know the census is easy, protected and important
  • Point your community to 888-Count20 if they have additional questions

Need to know what more your organization can do, especially during this time of social distancing? Check out our growing Nonprofits Count resource for more information about hard to count communities, helpful webinars, and much more.

Good luck and good counting!