Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Michigan is making progress in its fight against COVID-19. Thank you for the role you’ve played in the past year to keep the Olivet College family safe and healthy. We’re not out of the woods yet, but daylight is ahead!
This week’s OC CARES communications covers the following:
- Keep it Up, Michigan
- Campus Reminders
- Vaccine Resources
Keep it Up, Michigan
As of May 12, 4,393,499 Michiganders age 16 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – 54% of the state’s residents.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched the Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker. The dashboard is an easy and comprehensive way to see who, when and where Michigan’s residents are being vaccinated.
The Vacc to Normal Miletstone Tracker also tracks the date when 55%, 60%, 65% and 70% of Michigan residents 16 years or older receive their first dose of vaccine and provides the date two weeks later when the next steps to normalcy will move forward. The Vacc to Normal plan is using four vaccination-based milestones that impact all of us:
55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks
- Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.
60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks
- Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
- Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.
- Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
- Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.
65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks
- Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
- Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.
70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks
Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order. MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.
Even as more Michiganders become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the College will continue to align with the public health guidelines developed by local, state and federal sources including the Barry Eaton District Health Department, the State of Michigan, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Olivet College CARES Plan is a living document that will continually be revised. The following protocols remain in place at Olivet College:
- Wear a mask when not in your private living space or by yourself outdoors.
- Physically distance at least six feet.
- Complete the daily health and temperature check using the OC CARES CLEAR PASS.
- Report if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
We also encourage you to make your vaccination plan.
It remains our shared responsibility as Olivetians to do what we can individually and as a community to “Keep it Up” in Michigan.
- Barry-Eaton District Health Department is offering a vaccine clinic on May 21 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Olivet High School gymnasium. The clinic is open to the community, including Olivet College students and staff. The two-dose Pfizer shot will be administered. You must be able to have your second dose administered by Barry-Eaton District Health Department. An appointment is required. Click here to schedule an appointment for the first dose.
- Olivet Pharmacy offers the Moderna (2 shot) vaccine. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to schedule an appointment with the pharmacy for the free vaccination by calling 269-280-5005. Olivet Pharmacy is located at 116 N Main St, across the street from Willow Tree Coffee & Bakery. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- 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 Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
- Meijer is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for walk-in or by appointment, making it even more convenient for you to receive a shot.
- 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.
- The site is now offering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone who needs it no matter where the first dose was received. The patient must have received the first dose 21 days before receiving the second dose and they should bring their vaccination card with them.
- 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.
- Walk-ins are now available, but sign-up is recommended to avoid long waits 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.
- 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.
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