We are in the home stretch of this academic year. Stay focused and determined, but also, take time to breathe, laugh and smile (even under your mask). Continue to support one another through kindness, compassion and patience. Together, we are stronger. Together, we are family.
Unfortunately, Michigan continues to lead the nation in COVID-19 cases. We must all continue to take COVID-19 seriously and remind others in our lives to do the same. According to the New York Times, the top eight cities with the highest average daily cases are all in Michigan, with eight additional Michigan cities rounding out the top 21.
- Bay City
- Mount Pleasant
- Peoria, Ill.
- Grand Rapids
- Battle Creek
- Sterling, Ill.
- East Stroudsburg, Pa.
- Sayre, Pa.
- New York City area
This week’s communication includes the following important reminders and information:
- COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation: Your Responsibility
- Vaccine Update
- Olivet Pharmacy Offers COVID-19 Vaccination
- Finding a Vaccine Provider Near You
- Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation: Your Responsibility
A student, faculty or staff member who is required to quarantine or isolate is expected to behave in a responsible and mature manner and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the OC CARES Plan to ensure our community’s health and safety. With Michigan leading the nation in active COVID-19 cases, it is irresponsible and demonstrates immaturity if quarantine or isolation protocols are ignored.
- Quarantine — keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine is required for 14 days.
- Isolation — keeps someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home. Isolation is required for 10 days.
- The individual may not participate in or attend any activities on campus or participate in any social gatherings during quarantine or isolation.
- If a student returns home (off campus) for the duration of the quarantine or isolation, they are still expected to abide by the OC CARES policy and not participate in social gatherings or group activities. Faculty and staff are also expected to abide by the OC CARES policy.
If each of us does not take responsibility for our actions, Michigan will continue to lead the nation in COVID-19 cases. Is that what we want?
- If you have questions about the vaccine or potential side effects, you are encouraged to speak to your medical provider or a pharmacist.
- If you experience side effects after having a vaccine that you believe are not common side effects, call or visit your family doctor or visit an urgent care.
- On April 13, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) jointly recommended a pause in the use of the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution after six women (of more than 6.8 million doses) experienced blood clots after receiving the vaccine. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider.
- Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
- Click here to learn more from the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions, State of Michigan.
Olivet Pharmacy Offers COVID-19 Vaccination
Finding a Vaccine Provider Near You
- Check your local health department or hospital website to find out their process or for registration forms.
- Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Meijer, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
- Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Ford Field
- Regardless of their county of residence, any Michigan resident may register for an appointment to get their vaccination at Ford Field.
- After the registration process is completed, people who have registered will receive an invitation either by voice or text when it’s their turn to schedule the appointment. Vaccine appointments will be scheduled a few days in advance.
- The Ford Field site will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The State of Michigan manages the facility with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Lions.
- Sign-up is available through these three options:
- Online registration (through the Meijer portal)
- Text EndCOVID to 75049
- Call the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1)
- The vaccine is offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center.
Scammers are always looking for easy ways to take advantage of people during times of crisis and uncertainty. As vaccinations become more widely available, scammers are looking to cash in. Here are a few tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how to avoid being scammed:
- When looking for a vaccine provider, contact a trusted source for information, such as the State of Michigan or your local health department. You can also talk with your health care provider or pharmacist.
- Don’t pay to sign up for the vaccine. Anyone who asks for a payment to put you on a list, make an appointment for you or reserve a spot in line is a scammer.
- Ignore sales ads for the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is only available at federal- and state-approved locations.
- Watch for unexpected or unusual texts. Don’t click on links in text messages unless it is from a trusted source.
- Don’t open emails, attachments or links from people you don’t know or that come unexpectedly, especially requests for you to complete a post-vaccine survey. You could download dangerous malware onto your computer or phone.
- Don’t share your personal, financial or health information with people you don’t know via call, text or email. No one from a vaccine distribution site, health care provider’s office, pharmacy or health care payer, like a private insurance company or Medicare, will ask you for your Social Security, credit card or bank account number to sign you up to get the vaccine.
“Being responsible is an enormous privilege…. It’s what marks anyone a fully grown human.” — former President Barack Obama