Mackinac Straits Health Systems
LATEST INFORMATION ON THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19
EVERGREEN UPDATE – July 29, 2020
As many of you may know, we recently had a staff member from the Evergreen Living Center test positive for COVID-19. We continue to test staff weekly, and have begun testing residents, too. So far, we have had no other positive cases in the Evergreen. Staff and residents continue to be screened twice daily for any signs or symptoms. We continue to diligently follow all protocols and procedures to keep everyone safe. The Governor’s Executive Order on visitor restrictions has been extended to August 31st. Should you have any questions, please call Administrator, Kevin McElroy at 906-643-1198. Thank you for your support.
The State of Michigan has a hotline to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. Calls are accepted, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (888) 535-6136.
MACKINAC ISLAND MEDICAL CENTER – COVID 19 HOTLINE
Call 24/7 for screening, questions and community support, (906) 328-0010.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
Mackinac Straits Health Foundation is accepting donations to help offset the cost of our Hospital’s response during the pandemic. These gifts will go towards personal protection equipment (PPE), additional screenings at all our facilities, and the loss of revenue from many non-essential services that were canceled during the restrictions.
*Monetary donations can be sent in care of:
MSH Foundation, C/O – E.R. Fund, 1140 N.State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
STRAITS AREA PHARMACY – PLEASE NOTE: Our retail pharmacy is operating under new guidelines because of the COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice. Business hours for the pharmacy remain the same, but customers are not allowed in the store. Instead, staff are now offering curbside service. Payment by credit card or debit card is preferred. Home delivery in St. Ignace is still an option. Call ahead for more details, (906) 643-7298.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTERING MSHS FACILITIES
Based on guidelines from the Governor’s recent executive order, ANYONE entering healthcare facilities is required to go through screening. This includes patients, visitors and employees. The screening involves some brief questions regarding your medical condition, recent travel and a temperature check for possible fever. Visitors are also required to wear a mask or other face covering (if medically able).
To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, anyone who is entering our facility will need to be screened. This includes our entire St. Ignace Campus – Mackinac Straits Hospital, Evergreen Living Center, St. Ignace Medical Clinic, and Tribal Health Clinic. It also applies to our outlying clinics – Mackinac Island Medical Center, Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Specialty Clinic, and Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan.
Visiting hours may vary for patients in our Acute Care unit, currently listed as 10-am to 12 noon, and 2-pm to 4-pm). The number of visitors at one time in a patient’s room is currently limited to two. *Please check in at the Nurses’ Station before entering the patient’s room. Currently, our hospital cafeteria is closed to the public.
In the Emergency Department, one healthy individual is permitted to visit each patient. The visitor needs to remain in the patient’s room during their stay.
Because of the very vulnerable population in the Evergreen, we have even tighter restrictions for visitation. This means that on a temporary basis, no visitors are allowed at this time for our long-term care residents.
Every day, Mackinac Straits Health System is prepared to provide the best possible care for our patients. We have emergency and disaster plans in place and drills that we conduct regularly. In addition, specific protocols for screening and testing of COVID-19 are in place based on CDC guidelines.
Additionally, we continue to monitor information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), local Health Department for Luce-Mackinac-Alger- Schoolcraft Counties (LMAS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Our organization is committed to keeping our staff, patients and the community informed on important updates regarding the virus. MSHS is also actively participating as part of the Mackinac Island Public Health Task Force.
Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 can cause respiratory-type illnesses. Not all people who contract the virus show symptoms. The symptoms that do surface can range from mild to life threatening. The most common symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Many times, if the symptoms are mild, the illness can be managed by your provider through a phone conversation.
*If you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, and have systems of respiratory illness, please contact your healthcare provider immediately! We recommend you call the clinic ahead of time.
The following precautions can help protect you from ALL viruses, including COVID-19 and the widespread influenza virus (aka ‘the flu’):
- Frequent handwashing, for 20 seconds with soap.
- Coughing into a tissue when possible (throw it away immediately) or into your arm if necessary.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
- Avoiding contact with those who are ill.
- Staying home from work if you are ill and keeping sick kids home from school.
YOU’RE FEELING WELL BUT WORRIED
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious during this difficult time. One important step is to get your information from trusted sources. Be careful about suspicious emails. Facebook posts aren’t always the most reliable sources. We also encourage you to seek soothing activities that can help distract you from worry. Consider meditation, yoga, or prayer. How about tackling an at-home project? Maybe just step outside for a breath of fresh air?
Thank you for doing what you can to help slow the spread and keep our facilities accessible for those most impacted. We are honored to serve you and our amazing community!