What You Need to Know About COVID-19

As COVID-19, the Coronavirus moves across the country, there is important information we all need to know. At 106KHQ, we want to help you stay informed.

There are many sources available for information. The key is knowing following factual based information and not speculation. We have included in this page, links to information that is reliable and as factual as anyone can be during a fast moving situation. We will  update this page as  new information becomes available.

As information changes, these websites provide information as it happens:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bridge’s Michigan Coronavirus Tracker

Travel information from the State Department

Travel information from the CDC

Updates from Munson Medical Center

BREAKING, MONDAY, APRIL 6, 8:30AM

PER HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF NORTHWEST MICHIGAN EMERGENCY ORDER 2020-1 FOR ANTRIM, CHARLEVOIX, EMMET & OTSEGO COUNTIES EFFECTIVE APRIL 6, 2020 AT 12:00PM AND SHALL BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL APRIL 13, 2020 AT 11:59PM.Businesses and operations remaining open under EO 2020-21 must only be conducting operations that require employees to leave their homes or places of residence for functions that are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations as defined by EO 2020-21 and must take the following actions:

Modified April 5, 2020COVID-19 BUSINESS GUIDELINESfor essential service businessesPER HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF NORTHWEST MICHIGAN EMERGENCY ORDER 2020-1 FOR ANTRIM, CHARLEVOIX, EMMET & OTSEGO COUNTIES EFFECTIVE APRIL 6, 2020 AT 12:00PM AND SHALL BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL APRIL 13, 2020 AT 11:59PM.Businesses and operations remaining open under EO 2020-21 must only be conducting operations that require employees to leave their homes or places of residence for functions that are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations as defined by EO 2020-21 and must take the following actions:

REQUIREMENTS

1.Develop and implement a daily screening program for all workerswho do not work from their residence. Ask all staff these questions when they report to work for each shift:

a.Are you experiencing the following symptoms: f ever, cough, shortness ofbreath, sore throat, orvomiting/diarrhea?

b.Have you had close contact in the last 14 days with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19?

c.Have you engaged in any activity or travel within the last 14 days which fails to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19)?

d.Have you been directed or told by the local health department or your healthcare provider to s elf-isolate or self-quarantine?

If an employee answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, send the employee home immediately. The employee should self-isolate/self-quarantine at home for:

•If symptoms are present, a minimum of 7 days since symptoms first appearAND 3 days with no fever.

•14 days if close contact of a diagnosed case of COVID-19•14 days following any activity or travel as described in (c) aboveScreening Notes:Employers are required to maintain written or digital documentation of the results for each worker who is subject to the daily screening program. All written or digital documentation, which is required by this Emergency Order, shall be made available to the local health department or its authorized representative upon request.

You make get more details here.

 

BREAKING, FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 9:50AM

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan was notified of a phone scam where scammers were posing as Health Department of Northwest Michigan employees attempting to sell COVID-19 tests or asking for personal information regarding Medicare/Medicaid. The calls appear to be originating from the Health Department. Anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately. DO NOT give out any personal information. If you want to verify if the call is coming from the Health Department, hang up and call us directly at 1-800-432-4121.

 

BREAKING MONDAY, MARCH 30, 11:50AM

Through a Community partnership, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has worked to launch a drive-through testing site. Community partners include Dr. Lo of Northern Michigan Med Center, Emmet County, McLaren Northern Michigan, the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Petoskey Public Safety. The drive-through testing site, set up at the Emmet County Fairgrounds, will begin full operations on Wednesday, April 1st from 12-4. This testing facility is for individuals who have seen their primary care provider, have been determined to meet the criteria for testing, and have a lab slip. This testing facility will utilize a recently approved FDA testing method with nasal swab. 

 

BREAKING TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2:20 PM

The Grand Traverse Health Department has reported to Cherry Capital Airport that a passenger with COVID-19 flew through Cherry Capital Airport on Monday, March 16th on Delta Air Lines flight 4991 Detroit to Traverse City. The flight landed at Cherry Capital Airport – at approximately 6:53 P.M.  Any passengers that were on that flight please contact your LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  Delta Air Lines will be reaching out to all passengers on flight 4991.

Also….The Grand Traverse County Health Department wants to make the public aware of two locations where recently confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were present while symptomatic. Following the public health case investigations, officials determined there is possibility for community exposure. If you were at Target (3130 W South Airport Rd W, Traverse City, MI 49684) on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 from 5:00 p. m. to 6:00 p. m.

 

BREAKING MONDAY, MARCH 23, 11AM

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. 

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

READ MORE HERE.

 

BREAKING FRIDAY, MARCH 20:

Governor Whitmer signs executive order expanding unemployment benefits.  Under the order, unemployment benefits would be extended to:

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

BREAKING ON MONDAY, 3/16 AT 12:21 PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars and restaurants (except for takeout/delivery) has been extended to numerous other types of public businesses. As of 3pm today until end of day March 30, the following types of businesses will be closed in the state:

> Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other establishments offering on-premises consumption (takeout/delivery/drive-thru/walk-up service still allowed). This applies to private clubs, country clubs, golf clubs, boat or yachting clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.
> Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption
> Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption
> Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues
> Libraries and museums
> Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas
> Casinos licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, racetracks licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Millionaire Parties licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board; and
> Places of public amusement not otherwise listed above (including amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and similar facilities)

The order does not apply to the following businesses:

> Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, food pantries, and other establishments that sell food & beverages not for on-premises consumption
> Healthcare facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities
> Crisis shelters or similar institutions
> Food courts inside the secured zones of airports

Violations of the order can result in a misdemeanor offense.

McLaren Northern Michigan has a COVID-19 Hotline to help address questions and concerns regarding the new coronavirus. The phone line will be staffed every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours expected in the near future.  McLaren Northern Michigan COVID-19 Hotline: 231.487.5550 This hotline will provide information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, what to do when you are exhibiting those symptoms, and an opportunity to talk to a McLaren Care Team member.