Mackinac Straits Health Systems
LATEST INFORMATION: COMMUNITY DONATIONS, VISITOR RESTRICTIONS,
AND HOW TO PREPARE
The State of Michigan has established 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.
OUTPATIENT SURGICAL SERVICES
Mackinac Straits Hospital has postponed all elective outpatient non-emergent surgical cases until further notice.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND STARTED
Mackinac Straits Health Foundation is coordinating a collaborative effort to accept community donations of much needed items for the Hospital. This request includes personal protection equipment for staff, such as N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer. Homemade personal masks are also being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Ignace United Methodist Church, weekdays, 9am – 5pm. Items can also be dropped off at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.
STRAITS AREA PHARMACY – PLEASE NOTE: Our retail pharmacy is now 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.
To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are restricting visitors to the Mackinac Straits Health System. 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. ALL routine visiting is suspended until the transmission of the coronavirus is no longer a threat the patients, staff, and community.
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.
Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process. The decision to restrict visitors was difficult and made only after careful consideration of our infection control practices. Our visitor restrictions are modeled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based certain. Please note, these exceptions only apply if a visitor screens negative for symptoms of respiratory infection (such as fever, runny nose, cough, and/or shortness of breath). In addition, we are not allowing anyone under the age of 16 to visit, except under extraordinary circumstances. Exceptions include:
- Patients at the end-of-life may have very limited number of visitors who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care may have one visitor who must remain in the room during the visit.
- Pediatric Patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room during the visit.
- Patients undergoing surgical procedures may have one visitor who must leave the facility as soon as possible after the procedure.
- Patients who have an appointment at one of our clinics, hospital laboratory/radiology, or are visiting the Emergency Department may have one person with them.
- Patients requiring a trained home caregiver must stay in the room during the visit.
- No visitors will be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 testing.
- No general visitors will be allowed in the facility at this time, which includes those using the hallways as an indoor walking area.
- Our retail pharmacy inside the hospital, Straits Area Pharmacy remains open. However, we are asking customers to utilize the outside entrance.
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!