- 03/25/20 – First Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Ionia County
March 25, 2020
Testing has identified Ionia County’s first positive case for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The positive person is a senior woman. The patient is currently hospitalized. The Ionia County Health Department will contact people who have been in close contact with the patient. They will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.
“At this time, I advise the public to be diligent, yet level-headed, in prevention efforts,” said Ionia County Health Officer Ken Bowen. “I urge you to get your information and situation updates from reputable sources such as the health department, your physician, or the CDC”
As a precaution, the Ionia County Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others. COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:
- Wash their hands.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching their face.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing.
For social distancing, we recommend the following:
- Keep six feet between yourself and others when possible.
- Avoid public places at their busiest times.
- Work from home when possible.
- Cancel gatherings of more than 50 people as required by Michigan law. However, it is recommended gatherings not exceed 10 people.
- Limit travel.
People who are concerned that they may have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider and call ahead before visiting any healthcare facility. Mildly ill people are encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance. If you feel well, you do not need to be tested. Testing is determined based on risk assessment.
Information about the COVID-19 situation locally and in Michigan is rapidly changing. For more information, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus and michigan.gov/coronavirus
- Ionia County Health Department Service Changes & Closures During COVID-19 Crisis
The Ionia County Health Department (ICHD) is continuously working on preparedness and response planning for COVID-19. In order to help meet social distancing recommendations, and to help free up staff to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, changes are being made to service delivery in the following Health Department programs:
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Staff are available to help manage client benefits by phone. Call if you have questions.
Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP): Home and office visits are not occurring at this time. Staff are available to assist clients by phone.
Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS): Home and office visits are not occurring at this time. Staff will continue to provide program services including Care Coordination and Plan of Care by phone.
STD: Call to speak to a nurse.
Environmental Health: Normal operations are suspended including permits. Only emergency circumstances will be handled. Call if you have questions.
These changes are effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.
What does the Ionia County Health Department do for the Community?
We empower residents to live long and healthy lives by protecting the environment, providing health services, and educating the public to achieve positive health outcomes.
Your Ionia County Health Department is a leader in improving the health and well-being of the community.
Protect you from health threats, the everyday and exceptional. We make sure tap water you drink, the restaurant food you eat and the air you breathe are all safe. We are ready to respond to any health emergency be it bioterrorism or an environmental hazard and we work constantly to prevent disease outbreaks.
Provide healthy solutions for everyone. Your Ionia County Health Department ensures that everyone can get the preventative care they need to avoid chronic disease and to help maintain their health. We provide flu shots for the elderly and help mothers obtain prenatal care that give their babies a healthy start. We also offer a program that provides children with regular check-ups, immunizations, and good nutrition to help them grow and learn.
Educate you and your neighbors about good health. We provide information; pamphlets at your doctor’s office, public service announcements in the media, programs in schools, and detailed websites that allow you to make healthy decisions everyday like exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking or simply washing your hands to keep from spreading illness.
Advancing Community Health. Your Ionia County Health Department plays a vital role in developing new policies and standards that address existing and emerging challenges to your community’s health while enforcing a range of laws intended to keep you safe. We are constantly working, through research and rigorous staff training, to maintain our unique expertise and deliver up-to-date, cutting-edge health programs.
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