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The number of cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County are updated daily on the main Coronavirus page. The Henry Ford MyCare Advice Line is available 24/7 to help answer questions (313-874-7500) about COVID-19 and screening concerns. The Center for Family Health also has a Hotline number for you to call regarding questions or testing: (517-748-5363).
Jackson County Health Department is not conducting testing at this time and requests anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Coughing, Unexplained body aches and Difficulty Breathing) to go home and monitor their symptoms. Other less common symptoms are losing your sense of taste or smell, headache, and stomach or intestinal issues. It is very important to avoid public places if you have symptoms. If you or other people in your household are experiencing symptoms, try to maintain proper distancing of at least six feet and avoid sharing of any items. Use proper disinfecting and cleaning routines.to prevent the spread of germs. The Health Department is currently closed to the public but you can call and leave a message as phones are being monitored and messages will be returned.
If you are experiencing symptoms, call your healthcare provider or the Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s COVID-19 Drive-Through Screening and Testing Center is located at the Henry Ford Allegiance Specialty Hospital parking lot, 110 N. Elm Avenue, Jackson MI 49202. (517) 205-6100) It is important to follow the "Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives" order by Governor Whitmer. The JCHD Hotline Number at (517) 788-4420, option 9, is available to answer general questions and provide information regarding COVID-19.
When to Seek Medical Attention
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. When calling 911, it is very important to let them know of your respiratory symptoms.
Anyone who has been tested for COVID should quarantine until their test results are available. The Jackson County Health Department works closely with health care providers on the monitoring, surveillance and follow-up of any positive cases and potential contacts.
As our case numbers increase, the number of investigations our public health nurses are conducting are increasing. Subsequently, the number of contacts that nurses must communicate with have also risen. Contact tracing is an important and critical public health function so we can understand how many individuals were exposed by a positive individual, prevent others from getting exposed, and alert others in a timely manner to take action by quarantining, self-monitoring, or testing.
Things you can do to help: provide contacts and correct contact information as soon as possible (if positive), obtain testing as soon as possible (if symptomatic), if you are a known contact and have not yet been contacted by a health professional or health department yet, then quarantine. You will soon receive a call with further instructions.
Other steps you can take include:
- refrain from hosting large gatherings or attending them,
- get your flu shot as both COVID-19 and seasonal flu could be circulating, staying and
- gathering with only members of your household,
- wearing masks, etc.
These steps can help to limit transmission and slow the spread of the virus. We appreciate your patience and assistance throughout this whole pandemic!
Governor Whitmer unveiled her Get "Michigan Vac to Normal plan on April 29, 20201. Since that time, numeruos updates have occurred which are listed at the very top of this page. The overall goal is working towards a 70% immunization rate for all eligible individuals 12 years and older.
Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is being guided by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Orders.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has issued Emergency Rules that state the actions a business should take to protect their employees and customers. They have created a flyer about the rules that can be posted for reference.
The Michigan Safe Start Map is now available for you to Track the risk phases of COVID-19 indicators in predetermined sections of the state based on Epidemic Spread and Public Health Capacity.
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The CDC issued new Guidelines for wearing masks and gathering if fully vaccinated on May 16, 2021. With these new guidlines, both state and local government changes have occurred resulted in more relaxed guidelines when people are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since receiving the two shot series for Moderna and Pfize and one shot for Johnson and Johnson.
The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring the outbreak and updates may be found on their website where a situation summary and information on case numbers both worldwide and in the United States is listed. There are currently 50 states and the District of Columbia reporting reporting both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
For current status of cases in the United States, visit the CDC Case Summary pages. Frequently Asked Questions are also available and may provide answers to your concerns. The list of content is at the top.
The most current list of people who are at highest risk is listed here. John Hopkins University Hospital keeps an up to date map of current trends and stats for the United States and world for those who travel and want to check out potential areas of interest.
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The World Health Organization is monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a global view and providing regular updates. It has been stated many time that coronavirus is not discriminatory in who is infected.
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Situation reports are updated on a daily basis.
John Hopkins Hospital has an online tracker system for the world through their Coronavirus Resource Center. This tracker has maps where data is kept on the number of cases, deaths and people who recover. It is good to see the number who actually do recover from this deadly disease.
Quarantine - Separation of a person or group who are believed to have been EXPOSED to COVID-19 but are ASYMPTOMATIC (no symptoms of the disease).
Self-Isolation - Away from the public in your own home. Can be symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Isolation - Away from family members in your own home. (staying in a separate bedroom away from everyone else).
Self - Monitoring - At home, monitoring your temperature twice per day, and checking for symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, and/or cough).
Close Contact - Being within approximately 6 feet of a KNOWN COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time OR exposed to infectious secretions (droplets from coughing or sneezing) of a KNOWN COVID-19 case.
Social Distancing - Avoiding crowds, mass gatherings, and putting distance between people (6 feet).
Active Monitoring - State and local health departments assume the responsibility to communicate with and actively monitor individuals in close contact with COVID-19, at least once a day, to collect and record temperature readings and assess for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Contact Investigation - If you are contacted during a COVID-19 investigation there is a possibility that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This DOES NOT mean you are INFECTED. This investigation is done to monitor activities since the time of possible exposure, and to help determine community risks and the necessary next steps.
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