Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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MidMichigan Community Health Services is committed to keeping our patients, staff and community safe. In response to the heightened alert to the Coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) outbreak, we have instituted the following:

  • Limited our on-site staff to direct patient care employees only and have the remaining clerical staff working from home
  • Following all CDC and MDHHS guidelines
  • Limited access to facility entrances and are requesting all behavioral health and primary care patients use the front door for screening purposes
  • Offering televisits and in-person visits when needed
  • Set-up a health screening evaluation room in our specialty clinic where nurses can:
    • Swab for flu and strep throat
    • Have the ability to swab for COVID-19, at drive thru testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For the safety of all, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider immediately. If your provider office is closed, please contact Urgent Care prior to coming for direction on next steps.

To learn more about what MidMichigan Health is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 visit, www.midmichigan.org/coronavirus.

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MidMichigan Community Health Services provides insurance enrollment counselors to help patients and community members enroll for insurance. To schedule a free on-site appointment with an Outreach enrollment counselor, call (989) 422-2158.

Open Enrollment Extended

  • Health Insurance Marketplace: Extended through August 15, 2021

Now Scheduling Appointments for COVID Vaccine

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All patients 18 and older may now call the COVID scheduling line to request a vaccine appointment. Please note that depending on vaccine supply and the eligibility dates specified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, some patients may be placed on a wait list.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment or if you get vaccinated at another location, please call the COVID scheduling line to notify us so that we can remove you from our list and promptly schedule other eligible patients.

Step 1: Verify whether you meet the current vaccination criteria

MidMichigan Community Health Services is currently scheduling the following groups for vaccination as supply becomes available:

  • Health care workers
  • All people ages 50 or older
  • Pre-Kindergarten through high school teachers, support staff and child care workers who usually have direct contact with children
  • First responders not covered in Phase 1A (e.g., firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors)
  • Corrections workers (e.g., staff in prisons, jails, juvenile justice facilities)
  • Workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions, and adult and child protective services
  • Frontline essential workers in the food processing and agricultural industries
  • People age 18 and older who have disabilities or medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe illness. View a complete list of these medical conditions.
  • Caregiver family members and guardians age 18 and older of children who have special health care needs.
  • People who live in congregate settings (i.e. homeless shelters, jails, prisons).

People age 18 and older with no medical conditions are currently being added to the wait list and will become eligible for vaccination April 5.

Parents of patients age 16 and 17 should contact their local health department for instructions, as not all COVID vaccines are approved for these age groups.

The eligibility phases are further defined in MDHHS's Vaccination Prioritization Guidance document.

Step 2: Review Medical Considerations

If you have any of the following conditions, please read before scheduling a vaccine appointment, as these conditions can impact the timing of your appointment:

  1. Cancer, Rheumatology or Immune Disorders - Consult your specialist before scheduling a COVID vaccine appointment to learn how the vaccine may impact your immune response and/or some medications you may be taking.
  2. Received Antibody Treatments for COVID-19 - Based on current recommendations, patients should wait 90 days after receiving monoclonal antibody (BAM) or convalescent plasma treatment before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Other Recent Vaccinations such as Hepatitis B, Shingles, Influenza or Tetanus - Patients should wait 14 days after receiving other vaccinations before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  4. Prior History of COVID-19 - Patients will need to wait at least 10 days after diagnosis and be symptom free and out of quarantine before receiving the vaccine. They may want to wait up to 90 days based on current evidence suggesting they may be protected for up to 90 days.
  5. Mammograms - If you are due for a routine screening mammogram, we recommend scheduling your mammogram before your first dose or 4-6 weeks after your final dose of the COVID vaccine.

More information about the above conditions is also in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 3: Request an Appointment

People ages 18 and up may call the COVID vaccine scheduling line, (989) 422-2157, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We appreciate your patience as call volumes may be high. You may also schedule your appointment online. Please note that depending on vaccine supply and eligibility dates, some patients may be placed on a wait list.

Vaccine Currently Available

  • We are currently using the Moderna Vaccine which is a 2-dose series. For more information regarding the Moderna Vaccine please visit the CDC Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine website. This website has the most up-to-date information including incregidents, side effects, etc.

MidMichigan Urgent Care - Houghton Lake

ATTENTION: If you are experiencing cough, fever or concern for travel-related illness, please call Urgent Care at (989) 422-2181 before coming to the facility.

MidMichigan Urgent Care - Houghton LakeWalk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries. Patients of all ages welcome. No appointment required. Occupational health services also available.

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Medical Care Discounts Available

At MidMichigan Community Health Services, we believe that everyone has the right to affordable, quality healthcare. We offer a Medical Care Discount Program which offers a sliding scale fee to patients who may not be able to afford healthcare or prescriptions.

MidMichigan Community Health Services

MidMichigan Community Health Services is a federally-qualified community health center (FQHC) serving Houghton Lake, Michigan and the surrounding areas. We provide primary and specialty health care for all, with a particular emphasis on access for the underserved. Our facilities include:

We also partner with schools in Harrison, Houghton Lake and Roscommon, Michigan to provide school-based health centers.

This center receives Health & Human Services (HHS) funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

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