Mackinac Straits Health Systems
LATEST INFORMATION ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS:
Mackinac Straits Health System is working with the LMAS District Health Department and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa to offer several COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Mackinac County. These are designed to provide the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those who qualify, including people 65 and older, along with some additional essential workers, including first responders and teachers. These vaccinations will be by appointment only, no walk-ins will be available.
*Please be patient, additional vaccine clinics for St. Ignace will be announced as soon as we can confirm shipment of more vaccine. The schedule of the vaccinations is based on the availability of shipment from the State of Michigan. The two shot series means a few weeks after the first shot, each of those individuals will need to receive their second dose. As priority groups are vaccinated, and pharmaceutical companies work on manufacturing additional vaccines, it is still expected to be several weeks or months yet before we have enough to provide it to all who want to be vaccinated.
Those 65 and older may want to consider putting their name on a waiting list through the LMAS District Health Department website. You can access more information on the vaccine and find the link for the waiting list at www.lmasdhd.org. These clinics will be by appointment only. The clinics are a community service, so there is no fee for the vaccinations.
MSHS will provide regular updates on when more vaccines are available for distribution. While there is hope, health department officials are encouraging everyone to continuing doing the small things to keep yourself and others safe.
- Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Maintain at least six feet distancing between you and others.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Stay home when you don’t feel well
For more information on the Michigan COVID Vaccination Plan, visit Mighigan.gov/CovidVaccine
This is our weekly COVID-19 update for the Evergreen Living Center. During the week of January 8-January 15 2021, we had no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 for any resident or staff member at The Evergreen. We continue to follow CDC and MDHHS guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for our resident and staff. We will continue to monitor our residents and staff and will keep you updated should anything change.
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 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (888) 535-6136.
MACKINAC ISLAND MEDICAL CENTER – COVID 19 HOTLINE
Call this number to make testing appointments. The Hotline is available, Monday thru Friday, 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at (906) 328-0010. Please contact the Medical Center office for making appointments with a provider or to request clinical information.
COVID-19 TESTING AT MACKINAC STRAITS
Currently, patients requesting testing appointments at the Hospital in St. Ignace are being prioritized based on symptoms and known exposure. Employees who are required to have a test before getting on board a flight are also prioritized. For more information, call Registration, (906) 643-1186.
STRAITS AREA PHARMACY – PLEASE NOTE: Our retail pharmacy is operating under 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 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, ANYONE entering healthcare facilities is required to go through screening. This includes patients, visitors, vendors and employees. The screening involves some brief questions regarding your medical condition, recent travel and a temperature check for possible fever. Everyone is required to wear a mask or other face covering.
To protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community during the pandemic, anyone who is entering our facilities 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 in our Acute Care unit are limited. Only one healthy immediate family member/caregiver is permitted to visit a patient’s room at a time. 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, visitors will only be allowed under certain exceptions…parents or guardians of pediatric patients, patients at the end-of-life…patients with disruptive behavior or altered mental status…patients with a trained home caregiver. The visitor needs to remain in the patient’s room during their stay and wear a mask.
Because of the very vulnerable population in the Evergreen Living Center, we have even tighter restrictions for visitation.