Health Department provides checklist for safe summer gatherings

Health officials said the summer months provide many benefits in northwest Michigan, including lower transmissions of viruses such as COVID-19. As residents resume small and large gatherings, the Northwestern Michigan Department of Health offers a checklist to help plan safe summertime celebrations.

“Just like planning what to pack on a trip or what to pack to a festival or concert, the health department shares our at-a-glance checklist to stay safe. this summer,” Dan Thorell, acting health officer for the health department, said in a statement. “In addition to having a great time with your friends and family at the event, we want to make sure you can enjoy healthy summer days after the celebrations.”

  • Consider the number of COVID-19 cases and vaccinated people in your community or the community you are visiting. Consult the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID data tracker when making decisions about travel and attending events.
  • Revise and update your vaccination status to ensure you are up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccines. HDNW continues to offer free vaccines in its clinics and extends opening hours as needed to meet the needs of the public.
  • Although there is no longer a federal order requiring masks when using public transportation, the CDC recommends that people wear masks when using public transportation modes.
  • If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and choose to travel, get tested before and after the trip.
  • Continue to wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer when traveling and attending group gatherings.
  • Avoid group gatherings if you are sick and get tested.

“While deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are currently low in counties Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego, clusters of the BA.2 variant continue to appear in higher populations of people who interact inside,” said Dr. Joshua Meyerson, physician. director. “Do not hesitate to take advantage of the Test and treat an option that helps minimize the personal impacts of the virus.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering a new tool for Michigan residents and healthcare providers to help locate COVID-19 treatments statewide. Users can search to find places where oral treatments are available for those who qualify.

Retail chain pharmacies that have oral antivirals in stock include Meijer, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS, in addition to some independent pharmacies. It is important to contact your health care provider if you test positive, as you must present a prescription from a physician or advanced practice clinician to obtain medication from a pharmacy.

Number of cases

As of May 3, the Northwest Michigan Health Department reported that Otsego County had 5,693 cases of COVID-19 and 100 deaths from the disease. As of April 27, Otsego County had 5,666 cases and 100 deaths.

County Antrim was reporting 4,401 cases and 65 deaths while Charlevoix County had 4,959 cases and 60 deaths. Emmet County has recorded 6,484 cases and 86 deaths.

On April 27, County Antrim was reporting 4,373 cases and 65 deaths while Charlevoix County had 4,932 cases and 60 deaths. Emmet County has recorded 6,443 cases and 86 deaths.

Statewide, Michigan had 2,444,891 confirmed and probable cases and 36,064 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

The state was reporting 2,425,946 cases and 36,002 deaths as of April 27.