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Masks are required and must be worn over the nose and mouth while on our campuses. We ask that only essential people accompany the patient to their appointment. Thank you for doing your part! Holiday Closures- Harrisville and Pellston clinics are closed 11/23 - 11/27. All other locations are open Mon - Wed but closed 11/26 and 11/27. Happy Thanksgiving!

COVID-19 ALERTS!

Special Covid-19 Alert Page – Please check back frequently for updated information…

 

 

Are you still trying to make decisions about what is best for your family for Thanksgiving? We know it can be a tough decision but want to make sure you have the most current resources and tips available to help you and your family stay safe. View updated information from MDHHS and the CDC in the links below –

MDHHS  – Under the latest emergency order from MDHHS, indoor gatherings, “Are prohibited at residential venues, except where no more than 10 persons from no more than 2 households are gathered.”  To read the more on this click here –Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order

CDC – Webpage with Thanksgiving related information, including travel   

CDC’s Thanksgiving Guidance Webpage

CDC – Tip Sheets and Info Graphics

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities  Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

Alcona Health Center is thankful for our dedicated employees and healthcare workers everywhere.  We are also thankful for the opportunity to care for our patients and the communities we serve.  AHC wishes you a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving! 

 

MDHHS “Pause to Save Lives”

On 11/15/2020 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued orders, initiating a “Pause to Save Lives”.  For full information on these orders which are set to begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, November 18th and run until December 8th, follow the link to the news release here – MDHHS “Pause to Save Lives”

Info Graphics from MDHHS with further guidance – 

Click to download the pdf file.

Click to download the pdf file.

Click to download the pdf file.

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

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.

 

Acute Care Clinic Hours at Alpena Services

Alcona Health Center is now offering “Acute Care” at their Alpena Services facility on US 23 North.  This new “Acute Care” clinic is an alternative service that is being offered in place of walk-in services that have been discontinued due to COVID-19.  “Acute Care” clinic hours will be offered Monday through Saturday for those who do not have an emergency but need to be seen the same or next day due to illness or injury.  In person and telehealth options will both be available. This service is open to all.  You do not need to be an established Alcona Health Center patient to access the “Acute Care” clinic hours. 
 
Alcona Health Center asks that you please phone (989) 356-4049 to set up an appointment time for this “Acute Care” service prior to coming into the building.   With patient safety in mind, those who are coming to the clinic with an illness will now enter via the “Acute Care” entrance at the north end of the building.  This will allow the health center to better separate those coming in for wellness exams or follow up care from those who may be contagious.  Screening procedures will still be in place and masks are required to worn in the facility at all times. For a full listing of “Acute Care” hours please visit the Alpena Services location page on this website. 

 

Covid-19 Drive Up Testing Information

Alcona Health Center is offering Drive Up Covid-19 Testing in several counties in Northern Michigan.  Testing at all locations 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.

 

What Priority Level Am I?

For more information on the priority level categories as established by the State of Michigan click here – MDHHS COVID-19 Test Prioritization Criteria

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 is adapting some new practices 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 is option is already available at most locations and will soon be expanding to others!  Please phone the location nearest you for more information or to schedule a telehealth 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 see the Alpena Services 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