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Yes, Lenawee County has COVID-19 tests.
Much like any illness, individuals who do not have symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) do not need to be tested. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID 19, should contact their primary care physician who will assess them over the phone and order testing if indicated.
Orders for testing are issued by your primary care provider and the determination for testing is based on the current standards of medical care. Criteria have been established to prioritize testing. If your family member’s medical condition has changed, please contact your provider.
Testing is done by appointment only and must be ordered by your primary care provider. Lenawee County residents are being tested by ProMedica Health System.
ProMedica Health System is performing tests daily as ordered by primary care physicians by appointment at an outpatient facility.
The tests are sent to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services laboratory, which are processed as soon as possible.
Yes. The National Guard has been deployed to help the State of Michigan with distribution of essential supplies. They are not engaging in any law enforcement activities.
Unfortunately, there is no timeline for this crisis we find ourselves in. What is really important is that everyone does their part. Stay home, wash your hands, practice social distancing, cover your coughs and sneezes. Take this seriously. Your actions today affect the future of not only you, but also your friends and family. We are a strong community and working together, we can stay safe.
The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order requires businesses to close to the public from March 24 – April 13, except for businesses that are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Examples of businesses that are allowed to stay open include: restaurants offering takeout or delivery services, hotels (for shelter purposes only), grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, physician offices, veterinarian offices, banks and credit unions, laundromats, car repair, and childcare agencies.
For mental health or substance abuse crisis you can still call the Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority any time at 517-263-8905 or 800-664-5005.
They are also offering Coping with Stress and Anxiety groups to the public to assist with mental health symptoms during this difficult time. These groups are led by a Master’s Degree Clinician and are free for anyone to join. Find more information about these groups at www.lcmha.org.
An urgent care facility should be able to screen you, however, please call them beforehand as they will likely screen you over the phone instead of having you visit the facility if COVID-19 is suspected.
Like all other municipalities locally, statewide, and federally, many emergency supplies are in high demand and difficult to get at this time. We are urging school districts, companies and organizations to consider donating new, unused goods if they are able. We have provided a list of desired safety equipment and directions for how to donate so that the donation stays in our county. Learn More
If you have mild symptoms, please self-isolate at home. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or bluish lips or face.
For more information on how to self-isolate at home, please click here.
The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order does not prohibit you from visiting a grocery or convenience store to supply your household with their needs. There is no gap in the supply chain and most stores are being restocked daily. Please only buy enough food and supplies for your family for a week.
The most important thing you can do to help your friends, family, and neighbors in this crisis is to stay home. Staying home will both keep you safe and save lives.
Lenawee County is also in need of medical supplies. The full list of needed medical supplies can be found here. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that first responders and law enforcement need to protect themselves when caring for and interacting with the public is in short supply and hard to restock. Donated supplies must be unused, packaged, and unopened. If you have supplies to donate, please contact the donation hotline at 517-264-0105. This is staffed by Community Mental Health on behalf of the Emergency Operations Center. All donations made through this process will stay in Lenawee County.
Health experts are still studying how this novel virus spreads. Likely, it is spread by respiratory droplets.
· By coughing and sneezing
· By close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
· It is also possible that it can be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching your face.
Because there is evidence of community spread throughout the State of Michigan, the Lenawee County Health Department is not naming public low-risk exposure locations. Residents can assume there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. The Health Department is not announcing evidence of community spread to cause panic, but to reinforce that people should be taking all recommended prevention measures, including abiding by the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Governor Whitmer. Please know that our team investigates every confirmed case very closely to determine any individual who could have had close contact with the confirmed case.
In general, symptoms appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. That is why we are asking Lenawee County to Stay Home and Stay Safe.
There are no medications specifically approved for this novel coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some people have developed pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
We recommend calling older family members on the phone or video chatting with them to stay connected. Make sure their needs are being met. You can drop groceries, meals, or supplies off on their front porch or doorstep. Please do not enter their house or hug them as you normally would.
You should not gather as a group outside of your immediate family living in your residence. You can set up online group video conferences to help stay connected during this difficult time. There’s more than one way to celebrate milestones and strengthen your family bond. We encourage you to share ways you are staying connected with our community.
While outside exercise is encouraged, please keep in mind social distancing guidelines. You should keep a six-foot separation between you and others. No groups should congregate. You should not share sports equipment. You should not use playground equipment.
Golf courses are not open to the public in Michigan at this time.
Children should not have playdates or engage in outside activity with others outside of their immediate family. We encourage staying on your own property within eyesight of a supervising adult. We understand this is very hard on all of us. We encourage sharing with your community safe ways to help keep your children active during this difficult time.
The determination of what is essential and what is not can be a complex one. The State of Michigan has developed several helpful guidelines to help you determine if your business should be open during this time.
Here are a few other resources the Attorney General has provided:
If there is a business that you feel is violating the order, please contact the Lenawee County Health Department at 517-264-5226 ext 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Health Department and Sheriff’s Office will investigate and escalate through the judicial system if necessary.
If your business remains open during this time, you are required to screen all employees and institute social distancing measures. More information on this can be found here.
While many are off of work and children are out of school, the temptation might be to take the time to go on vacation. This is not something you should do and is, in fact, a violation of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order.
You are putting your health, the health of those you might be travelling with, as well as the health of others in the community at risk if you travel at this time.
Please stay home. Only by working together can we help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Lenawee County.
Please try to limit your trips out of the house to once per week. Only one member of the household should leave to get essential supplies for your household to last the full week. Entire families or groups of people should not be taking daily trips to your local superstore because they have cabin fever.
Please stay home and only leave when absolutely necessary. By working together, we can mitigate the COVID-19 spread in Lenawee County.
We would like to celebrate the heroes in our community who continue to work during this crisis, the heroes that are going above and beyond to help fight COVID-19. Our essential workers who risk exposure to keep our community running deserve some praise. Thank you for everything you do.
If you would like to celebrate a #LenaweeHero, please send us or tag us in a picture and we will help push it through our social media accounts.
You can direct message them to our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or simply use the hashtag #LenaweeHero.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has put together this infographic to help you as you determine if you need to self-monitor, self-isolate, quarantine, or contact your health provider.
Pay attention for COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you are concerned about your health, contact your primary health care provider. If your doctor decides you should be tested for COVID-19, they can order testing for you.
From Promedica Bixby Hospital:
“ProMedica Bixby Hospital has agreed to accept patients in transfer from other southeastern Michigan hospitals to ease their load and make room for more patients at hospitals that have reached capacity. We consider our hospital occupation numbers daily and decide the patients to be accepted in transfer on a case by case basis. We are acutely aware of the number of beds in our facility and have allocated a tightly defined number of beds to be offered to other hospitals. Rest assured we at ProMedica Bixby hospital have full intent to care for our Lenawee County community. At this time no patient will be transferred for treatment of COVID-19 unless their condition warrants treatment that we are unable to deliver here.
The COVID-19 situation continues to be fluid with changes in management daily if not more frequently. We plan to update our community of any changes once they are released by ProMedica Health Systems to keep you in the loop.”
Our local economic development organization, Lenawee Now, is here to help all Lenawee County businesses during this crisis. You can contact them online, via social media, or 517-265-5141.
Michigan is seeking health care professionals who can volunteer their expertise. Get involved by visiting this page at Michigan.gov.
We don’t believe so. We don’t have any scientific articles that provide this data yet but it is likely that once you recover, you will have immunity that will protect you against reinfection.
We encourage people to limit their exposure to other people. If you can utilize a grocery pick-up or delivery service, please do so. There are several in Lenawee County.
When shopping, only go once a week and get all essentials for your household for one week. Only one member of your household should shop. CDC guidelines now recommend you wear a mask when leaving your residence. Our stores are working hard to keep their areas clean and disinfect regularly. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds once done, and please don’t touch your face.
No. Car washes should not be open for business. They have been deemed non-essential per the State of Michigan. You can, however, wash your own vehicle on your property.
In general, no. Further detail can be found here. You should not plan on camping at this time.
There is evidence that there is transmission (spread) of COVID-19 from infected individuals who do not have symptoms. There is also evidence that you may be contagious up to 48 hours before you start showing any symptoms. You may spread the disease to others in Lenawee County without even knowing if you are sick. Other people, who appear healthy, can still spread the disease to you.
The CDC is now recommending that you wear masks in public. For guidelines on how to make a mask at home, visit their website here.
No. You should not gather with those outside your own residence. We understand going through a holiday during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order is going to require many adjustments and flexibility in traditions. There are safe ways to celebrate at home. Please share with us safe ways your family plans to celebrate in our unique situation this year.
No. You should only interact with those inside your own residence. You should not mix with other households, even family. We understand this is hard. What are some ways you are able to stay connected during this time of physical separation?