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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! 

COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration Form

Vaccine eligibility is currently open to everyone 16+.  Parents/guardians can pre-register children 12 to 17 years old as well.  For more information on eligibility for children and young teens click here.

As of 4/26/2021 Alcona Health Center will be resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The updated Emergency Use Authorization information issued by the FDA is listed here​. If you have questions or concerns about the J & J/Janssen vaccine, please let us know and other accommodations may be made.  We will have the Pfizer vaccine available for 12 through 17 year olds.

Click Here To Register Online or phone us at (989) 736-9819 to sign up for your COVID-19 Vaccine.

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 to schedule an appointment time.  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.

News, Updates and Education

FDA Approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 12+

Children 12 and older will now be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information read the press release from the FDA here.

Alcona Health Center to Resume Use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Alcona Health Center will be resuming use of the J & J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as of 4/26/21. The updated Emergency Use Authorization information issued by the FDA is listed here​. If you have questions or concerns about the J & J/Janssen vaccine, please let us know and other accommodations may be made.  Your health and confidence in the vaccine is our priority.   The Pfizer vaccine will continue to be available for 16 and 17 year olds.

COVID-19 and Vaccines- A Town Hall Meeting Video Replay – 

This event was held on April 7, 2021 at 7 pm.  NOTE – Due to concerns about community spread of COVID-19 the in person portion of the event was canceled. Attendance was completely virtual. To see a list of all of the panelists (including our very own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Marshall), you can  click here.

 

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.  If you have additional questions or concerns we urge you to reach out to your primary care provider, or other trusted healthcare professionals. 

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

Downloadable PDF Version (mRNA)

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

Downloadable PDF Version (Viral Vector)

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.

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