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Click the links below for updated information about COVID-19 in Michigan and Muskegon County

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Close Contact to COVID-19

If you or someone in your home has been identified as a close contact it is recommend that you get tested for COVID-19 5 to 7 days after last known exposure. If you are experiencing symptoms you should get tested immediately. Muskegon County has many COVID-19 testing sites that can be found here

Testing Positive for COVID-19

If you or someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19 it is recommended that you isolate immediately. You should notify anyone that you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours of symptom onset or a positive test result. Please stay home and if your symptoms worsen contact your primary care physician or seek medical attention immediately. 

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Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19

Please consult with your primary care physician on whether the COVID-19 vaccination is right for you. If you are in isolation or quarantine please wait until symptoms have improved or your quarantine is over to receive your vaccination. 

Learning from COVID-19

If you have already contracted COVID-19 there is growing knowledge through studies and information on the natural immunity. Due to variants of COVID-19 and many other scenarios it is not yet known if and for how long someone will be immune to COVID-19. There are also many studies that confirm long term symptoms of COVID-19. Please consult with your Primary Care Physician about your experience with COVID-19.

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More Resources

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Should I still
wear a mask?

As we begin to take off masks in our daily public activities there are still many essential mask wearing opportunities that can help prevent COVID-19 infection and spread. 

 

What is COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are often confused for a cold, sinus infection, or allergies. If any symptoms such as cough, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste and smell, muscle/body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever or chills recommend getting tested for COVID-19 or consulting with their Primary Care Physician (PCP). For additional info: Click HERE. 

Consult with your Primary Care Physician if you believe you might have COVID-19.

 

Close Contact to COVID-19

What do I do if I have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case?

 

If you are a close contact it is recommended that you start your 10 day quarantine from last known exposure to COVID-19 or get tested for COVID-19 between 5 to 7 days after the last known exposure date to the person who tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Close Contact for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more, in a 24 hour period. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine is when someone has been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case and is separated from and limits interactions with others. This means staying home as much as possible to prevent or limit the transmission of the virus. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 you should quarantine for 10 days. If you remain symptom free and obtain a negative test result after day 5 (testing on day 5, 6, or 7 ) with a diagnostic test you may end quarantine after day 7. (See diagram below for visual)

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Testing Positive for COVID-19

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should start a 10 day isolation immediately. Isolation time starts from your COVID-19 symptom onset or the day you were tested for COVID-19. 

You will be contacted by Public Health - Muskegon County to start a case investigation after the results have been reported to the State of Michigan. Contact tracers from your local health department and the State of Michigan are working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community so please answer the call if you are able.

There are treatments available if you do test positive and require further treatment within the 10 day course of your isolation period. Go to  https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_106077---,00.html

 

When should you get vaccinated after you test positive for COVID-19?

 

If you choose to get vaccinated after testing positive for COVID-19 you must wait until you are no longer in isolation and are feeling better. If you have any questions or concerns please consult with your doctor.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are often confused for a cold, sinus infection, or allergies. If any symptoms such as cough, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste and smell, muscle/body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever or chills recommend getting tested for COVID-19 or consulting with their Primary Care Physician (PCP). For additional info: Click HERE.

 

Isolation is when someone who tested positive with COVID-19 is separated from others. This means having a separate bedroom and bathroom, and staying in place. This is done to prevent or limit the transmission of the virus. If you are positive for COVID-19 you should isolate for 10 days.

Case Investigation is done by gathering information on a COVID-19 positive case such as: date of symptom onset, test date, isolation period, exposure, and any information needed to complete a positive case interview.

 

When can I be vaccinated?

Please consult with your primary care physician on whether the COVID-19 vaccination is right for you. If you are in isolation or quarantine please wait until symptoms have improved or your quarantine is over to receive your vaccination. 

 

Individuals that receive the monoclonal antibodies treatment is recommended to wait 90 days until they receive their COVID-19 Vaccination. Please consult with your Primary Care Physician on your treatment and after care for COVID-19.

Before you schedule your COVID-19 vaccine please consult with your Primary Care Physician to see if the COVID-19 vaccine is for you. 

 

Where can I be vaccinated?

Consult with your Primary Care Physician to see if the COVID-19 vaccine is for you. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination where you can be vaccinated please follow the links below.

Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19

 

Mental Health Resources

Dial 2-1-1, Text your zip code to 898211, or Visit www.call-211.org to link to available local services.

Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Text TALK to 741741. For Spanish Call 1-888-628-9454. For Deaf & Hard of Hearing Call 1-800-799-4889. 

Call 231-722-HELP (4357) for HealthWest’s 24-Hour Mental Health Warm Helpline

Text HOME to 741741, If you are experiencing depression, thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

Call 1-800-799-7233 (English and Spanish) or Text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474 to connect with The National Domestic Violence Hotline.  

Call 1-800-273-8255 or Text  838255 for the Veterans Crisis Line. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Call 1-866-488-7386, Text START to 678-678 to chat with The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth).

Call  the MI COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136, press 1 for COVID-19 Testing Sites. Call 1- 833-247-1258 for Mercy Health COVID-19 Hotline.

Call 1-833-559-0659 for Spectrum Health COVID-19 Hotline

Call 1-800-971-0016 for a 24-hour toll-free crisis line for people aged 60+ and adults living with disabilities for non-emergency emotional support calls.

Call 1-888-535-6136 Michigan Senior Citizens needing emotional support. 

Call 1-844-289-0879 for the 24-hour National Drug Helpline. Open to any individual dealing with addiction issues, personally or indirectly. Resources are available for those struggling with any addictive substance, including alcohol.

Call 1-800-273-8255 for the Disaster Distress Helpline or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 

Call 1-888-910-1636 for Michigan healthcare personnel needing support. Staffed by volunteer nurses, social workers and psychologists at Wayne State University.