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Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

  • Wash Hands Often
  • Wear a Mask in Public
  • Social Distance

News, Updates and Education

 

Vaccine Update!

AHC is optimistic that in the near future, we will be receiving doses of COVID-19 vaccine for our patients. As we receive the vaccine, we will reach out to alert our patients who meet the state criteria of priority but to whom we consider the highest medical risk first.  Patients will be notified through a mix of direct contact and with announcements on our website, Facebook page and in local newspapers.

In the meantime, Alcona Health Center is partnering with local health departments to get the COVIDnt.-19 Vaccine to members in the currently eligible priority groups in a timely manner.  Due to this, we recommend reaching out to your local health department to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine once you are eligible. (CDC and MDHHS Vaccine Prioritization Guidance will be followed.) You can follow the links below to the health department for your area for more information –

Chippewa Health Department (Chippewa County)

District Health Department 2 (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda)

District Health Department 4 (Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, Presque Isle)

Health Department of Northwest Michigan (Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego)

More on COVID-19 Vaccines –

As COVID-19 vaccines become available to more people, we think it is important that our patients have access to information about them.  We hope you find these resources helpful.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Video featuring Thomas Marshall, MD and Bernie O’Brien, PAC

CDC- Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines  We know that there are a lot of questions and even some “myths” about the new vaccines.  This fact sheet is full of great information.

For more information about mRNA vaccines, visit the CDC site here or view/print the information by clicking here – Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

Prepare for what to expect when you get the vaccine – What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

(View or print as a PDF)

v-safe website – Sign up or log in

 

Have you tested positive for COVID-19? As your Patient Centered Medical Home, it is important for your Alcona Health Center provider to be notified of any lab or test results that you have gotten from another provider or outside testing facility. This also applies to a positive COVID test. If you have had a test done at a pharmacy or other testing facility (not ordered by your AHC provider) and the result is positive, please contact us right away. Your primary care provider will note it in your chart and staff will be able to provide support for any follow up care that you may need.

MDHHS Epidemic Orders – See info below:

1/22/21 – Indoor Dining Reopens February 1; Caution and Focus on Enhanced Ventilation Recommended, Concessions and personal services also allowed under new MDHHS epidemic order  Press Release

Info Graphic from MDHHS with further guidance – 

For more information from the State of Michigan on Coronavirus visit –  https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

New CDC Quarantine Guidelines – The CDC has updated information on the length of quarantine required in some situations.  We are providing the link to that information here, but suggest you consult with your healthcare provider or the local health department if you have questions.

District Health Department #4 Provides New Hotline – DHD4 has created a hotline as well as an e-mail address residents can use for general COVID-19 questions and concerns. The hotline and e-mail inbox will be monitored during normal business hours (Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) on days the office is open. Every attempt will be made to return calls and messages the day they are received however this will depend on the volume of questions coming in. The hotline number is (989) 358-7936  and the e-mail address is covid19@dhd4.org.  The State of MI also has a COVID-19 hotline that is open daily from 8am to 5pm – (888) 535-6136

Remember that Alcona Health Center is here to support your health and wellness.  We know these times are challenging.  In person and telehealth appointments remain available for medical and behavioral health services.

COVID Testing Options

Alcona Health Center offers multiple COVID-19 testing options.

  • Patients of AHC who feel they need a test, whether they currently have symptoms or not, can reach out to their healthcare provider at the office where they are typically seen.  Staff and your provider will work with you to evaluate your needs for care and testing based on your individual case.  An in-person or telehealth (or “tablet”) appointment may be scheduled and depending on your location and needs, testing may be done at the office or a referral may be made to a testing center.
  • Those who do not have a healthcare provider, may contact the Alcona Health Center office nearest them for help setting up an appointment for evaluation and testing.
  • Those who have a healthcare provider elsewhere, should directly contact their healthcare provider for a referral to one of our Drive Up Testing Centers.  (See list of locations below.)

Drive Up Testing Centers Information

Alcona Health Center is offering Drive Up Covid-19 Testing in several counties in Northern Michigan.  Testing at these locations is open to anyone in the community but requires a referral/order from a medical provider and is by appointment only.  Specific details for each testing site are listed by location below.  Please read the Patient Swab Collection Directions and watch the demonstration video prior to your appointment. Both are listed lower on this page. 

 

ALCONA COUNTY-

Location: Alcona Health Center parking lot, 177 N. Barlow Rd, Lincoln, MI

Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 2pm-4pm by appointment only (and with a health care provider referral)

Testing Categories: High Priority, Priority, and Permissible

Phone: Alcona Health Center patients and those without a health care provider call (989) 736-8157 ext. 9819.  Those who receive care elsewhere contact your provider directly.

ALPENA COUNTY – 

Location: Alcona Health Center parking lot, 1185 US 23N., Alpena, MI (Use US 23 N entrance)

Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 10am – 12pm by appointment only (and with a health care provider referral)

Testing Categories: High Priority, Priority, and Permissible

Phone: Alcona Health Center patients and those without a health care provider call (989) 356-4049 ext. 3832.  Those who receive care elsewhere contact your provider directly.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY-

Location: Cheboygan County Fairgrounds, 204 E. Lincoln Ave, Cheboygan, MI

Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 2pm-4pm by appointment only (and with a health care provider referral)

Testing Categories: High Priority, Priority, and Permissible

Phone: Alcona Health Center patients and those without a health care provider call (231) 627-7118 ext. 2186.  Those who receive care elsewhere contact your provider directly.

IOSCO COUNTY-

Location: Alcona Health Center parking lot, 5671 N. Skeel Ave., Oscoda, MI (Use Glennie Rd entrance.)

Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 2pm-4pm by appointment only (and with a health care provider referral)

Testing Categories: High Priority, Priority, and Permissible

Phone: Alcona Health Center patients and those without a health care provider call (989)739-2550 ext. 1165.  Those who receive care elsewhere contact your provider directly.

 

Drive Up COVID-19 Testing Instructions

Please read these instructions Patient Swab Collection Directions and watch the video before your drive up test.

 

Outside Healthcare Provider Documents-

ProviderLetter Alcona Testing Site

ProviderLetter Alpena Testing Site

ProviderLetter Cheboygan Testing Site

ProviderLetter Iosco Testing Site

PUI_Quest Order Form

 

Other COVID-19 Updates…

Patient Safety –  Alcona Health Center has adapted our practices and protocols due to COVID-19.   We have implemented a front door SCREENING program for anyone who enters the facility. This screening involves brief questions regarding your medical condition. We ask that only essential people accompany the patient to the clinic and that everyone wears a mask that covers their mouth and nose for the entire time of the visit.  (Children under two should not wear a mask.)  Please adhere to social distancing rules of staying 6 ft apart from others while in our buildings and on our campus.

Special appointment times for higher risk patients – As part of our COVID-19 response plan, we have set aside special appointment times for the elderly or those with certain medical conditions that may make them higher risk for getting complications if they get COVID-19 or another virus.  Please let the receptionist or scheduler know if you have: Asthma, Chronic Kidney Disease with Dialysis, Diabetes, a serious heart condition, a blood disorder or if you are immunocompromised or over 65 years old.

TELEHEALTH appointments are available for both medical and behavioral health services.  In many cases, you can see your healthcare provider without leaving the comfort of your home and without coming through the clinic doors.  We also have implemented secure wifi hotspots and access to tablet devices for patients who wish to utilize telehealth appointments but who would otherwise not have access to a device or the internet.  This “tablet” option is available at most locations and will soon be expanding to others!   “Tablet” appointments are also utilized when a patient is deemed to possibly be contagious.  An evaluation with a healthcare provider can be done on the tablet, with the availability for curbside testing for flu, strep throat or COVID if needed. Please phone the location nearest you for more information or to schedule a telehealth or “tablet” appointment.

Walk In Services are temporarily discontinued, but same day appointments are available!  Some same day appointments are reserved on each provider’s schedule.  Additionally, we are now offering Acute Care Clinic hours at our Alpena Services location.  Acute Care Clinic hours are offered for non emergency, same day appointments for illness and injury.  You do not need to be an established patient of Alcona Health Center to access this service.  You must phone ahead to secure an appointment time.  Walk up traffic is not permitted.  For more info on Acute Care Clinic hours at Alpena Services location see their location page.

DENTAL SERVICES – As our Dental Team works towards once again offering expanded services, we request that our patients review this document prior to coming into our offices –  Dental Reopening Welcome Letter and Safety Information

Our PHARMACIES are open and are taking extra steps to ensure proper social distancing and patient safety.  Our Alpena location requests that patients use the drive thru option only at this time for increased safety.  If you are unable to use the drive thru, phone us and we can make special arrangements.

Other Resources…

COVID-19 HOTLINE: The State of MI has established a hotline to answer questions, daily from 8am to 5pm at (888)535-6136

COVID-19 Mental Health Warm Line: The State of MI warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma. Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

State of MI COVID-19 resources webpage

CDC Corona Virus webpage