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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!

COVID-19 ALERTS!

Please check back often for the most up to date information…

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

    • Wash Hands Often
    • Wear a Mask in Public
    • Social Distance
    • Get Vaccinated When Eligible

COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration Form

 

You can now pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine by signing up online!

Click Here

Note: This is for pre-registration, and does not confirm that you have secured an appointment at a vaccination clinic. Once submitted, you will be put on a wait list for vaccination.  You will receive a call from Alcona Health Center when the vaccine is available and you meet the criteria per MDHHS Priority Guidelines. Please note, that this could take some time based on available doses and Priority Group eligibility.

Please register only ONE time. When you come to receive your vaccination, please remember to bring your drivers license or photo ID and insurance card.

If you are unable to fill out this form, the alternative option is to call us at (989) 736-9819.

News, Updates and Education

Who is eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Right Now?

Alcona Health Center will begin scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccine for the expanded groups as listed in the graphic here as of March 8th. You may pre-register for your vaccination now by phoning (989) 736-9819 or by following the link at the top of the page.

This expansion is being done in alignment with the following members of the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance: Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, Grand Traverse County Health Department, The Health Department of Northwest Michigan, District Health Department No. 2, District Health Department No. 4, and District Health Department #10. The expansion is done to meet our unique community needs and further expands the guidance set by the State of Michigan.

A better description of those considered Food and Agricultural Workers from MDHHS can be found here.  Click for printable resource.

Vaccine Update 2/25/2021

Announcement for vaccine pilot program!
We are excited to announce that out of 1,400 community health centers nationwide, Alcona Health Center has been selected as one of 25 health centers to participate in a pilot program launched by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The program will allocate a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine to our health center beginning this week.

This program complements existing state and local efforts to rapidly increase vaccinations and ensure equitable and effective access by providing an additional vaccine supply directly to health centers that specialize in caring for hard-to-reach populations such as ours in rural northern Michigan.

AHC will continue to follow state priority guidelines in administering the vaccine.

Those wishing to pre-register for COVID-19 Vaccines can use the online registration form or contact us by phone at (989) 736-9819. If you receive voicemail, be sure to leave your name and phone number. Please be patient. Someone will return your call.

If you are our patient (whether you are on a waitlist or not), we ask that you please phone us if you do get your COVID Vaccine somewhere else.  Your healthcare provider will want to update your medical record with this information. Simply phone the office you are seen at and dial extension 9819 to share this information.

Your Health Department Also Remains a Good Resource for the COVID-19 Vaccine.  

Alcona Health Center continues to partner with local health departments to get the COVID-19 Vaccine to members in the currently eligible priority groups in a timely manner.  Due to this, we still 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.)  The supply available at your local health department may mean that you can access your vaccine there sooner.  Alcona Health Center would ask that if you are our patient and receive the vaccine from the health department or any other entity that you notify us.  We will remove you from our waitlist if you were on it and update your medical record.  To report that you have been vaccinated, phone the AHC office where you are seen and follow the COVID prompt on the phone menu, then select option 5.

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

For more information on understanding how Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines (like Johnson & Johnson’s) click here.

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:

3/2/2021 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Provides Updated Guidance.  Click here more info from MDHHS. 

Info Graphics from MDHHS with further guidance – 

Social Gathering Guidance PDF

MDHHS Epidemic Order Effective March 5 Through April 19 PDF

 

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