Due to an overwhelming response from the community, we have reached our maximum capacity for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those individuals in Phase 1B for the week of January 18, 2021. When we receive additional vaccines from the State of Michigan, we will once again schedule community clinics.

Stay tuned to our social media platforms for announcements on upcoming clinics and how to register. Due to the uncertainty of vaccine delivery, we will not be taking names for a waiting list at this time. Thank you for your patience!


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE FOR SHIAWASSEE COUNTY RESIDENTS

Memorial Healthcare and the Shiawassee County Health Department are working diligently to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to Shiawassee County residents. At this time, we are awaiting allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. When we can ensure vaccines are available, we will be conducting vaccination clinics for those individuals in Phase 1b of the vaccine distribution schedule. Those include people age 65 and older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure (police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, jail and prison staff, and pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers). We ask for your patience at this time. Please stay tuned to our social media platforms, local newspapers, and radio stations for details when vaccines become available. All COVID-19 vaccinations are by appointment only at this time.


We understand that this is a challenging and stressful time. Memorial Healthcare is committed to providing our patients, staff and visitors with the highest quality care and safety in our facilities. Our greatest responsibility is the health and safety of our patients, staff and community. With the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we recognize the growing uncertainty and anxiety in our community. That’s why we are committed to keeping you informed and prepared.

We are seeing an escalation in the positivity rate in Shiawassee County. While testing capacity has increased, the percentage of positive test results is also on the rise. This is evidence that the growth in positive cases is not just due to increased testing, but a true surge of cases in our community.

This increase in local COVID-19 cases should not be underestimated. The virus is spreading in our community at the highest rate we’ve seen thus far, and it threatens to strain our healthcare system.

Now is not the time to let your guard down or to ignore expert medical guidance. Please assess your daily habits to ensure you take every precaution to limit exposure. This includes:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Cleaning your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Avoiding groups of people when possible
  • Maintaining a six-foot distance from others
  • Avoiding indoor gatherings with more than one household
  • Staying home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or otherwise not feeling well

Memorial Healthcare’s physicians and staff urge our community to follow the most recent restrictions ordered by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It is more important than ever that the choices we make each day are informed by the most reliable information and recommendations.

We continue to work closely with the Shiawassee County Health Department, closely following updates and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and state organizations including the Michigan Department for Health and Human Services. As your healthcare provider we remain committed to providing you the highest quality care as we continue the process of implementing additional measures of prevention and containment of COVID-19. We ask that you continue to follow our website and social media channels to stay up-to-date on any new developments.


CAN I VISIT A MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE PATIENT?

Updated Friday, November 13, 2020

To protect the health of our communities and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we continue with visitor restrictions. Click here to read our full visitation policy which includes how to enter the hospital, care giver/support person health screenings, wearing of face coverings, and more. Our commitment to health and safety remains our highest priority. We’ll continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 and will adjust restrictions as necessary. Thank you for your help in keeping our patients and employees safe.


COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

Memorial Healthcare has taken proactive measures to organize and prepare for the storage and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Michigan’s vaccine distribution plans, healthcare workers will receive priority voluntary access to the limited supply of the vaccines in the state. Memorial Healthcare employees, other healthcare workers, and long-term care residents will be among the first to be eligible in Shiawassee County. To learn more, click here.


COVID-19 TESTING AT MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE

In order to serve you efficiently, please call (989) 729-6422 to register and schedule a testing appointment. 

Memorial Healthcare offers COVID-19 nasal swab testing at our drive-thru, main campus, and outpatient lab locations in Owosso. Testing is also available at our outpatient labs in Durand, Chesaning, Ovid, Laingsburg, and Perry. Please click here for a testing flyer.

Click here to learn the difference between COVID-19 Rapid and PCR tests

Click here to download “What Does Your COVID-19 PCR (active) or COVID-19 Antibody Test Result Mean?”


COVID-19 PCR (ACTIVE) TESTING:

  • Memorial Healthcare offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only.
  • Most appointments are available on the same day with average testing results under 48 hours. Please click here for a link to the State of Michigan’s testing turnaround time website.
  • Please contact 989-729-6422 to register and schedule your appointment
  • Available to those interested in a COVID-19 diagnostic test for:
    • Screening
    • Those experiencing mild to moderate symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)
    • Those who have a known or suspected exposure
  • A provider order is highly recommended. However, Memorial Healthcare is prepared to assist with an order if needed
  • COVID-19 test results are available via Memorial Healthcare’s online patient portal or through your ordering provider’s office. If you will be using the portal for test results, please click here to register.

COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING:


COVID-19 PCR (ACTIVE) AND ANTIBODY TESTING FOR EMPLOYERS:

  • Memorial Healthcare is also offering antibody testing on a larger scale to employers seeking to have employees tested before they return to work.

MEMORIAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATES PROVIDER OFFICES

Clinical services in all Memorial Healthcare employed provider offices have expanded for in-person visits. We also continue to offer telemedicine visits. Please contact your provider for additional information.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. COVID-19 has been detected in more 100 locations internationally, with more than 1,000 cases in the United States including Michigan. It has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and the State of Michigan has been declared in an emergency state. For more information from the State of Michigan click here.

HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?

The CDC believes the virus spreads in two ways:

  • Through respiratory droplets created when an infected person coughs or sneezes in proximity (within approximately 6 feet) of others;
  • Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes (this method is not believed to be a main cause for the spread of the virus)

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

According to the CDC, common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In the most severe occurrences, patients have experienced pneumonia in their lungs, multi-organ failure and death.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear anywhere between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the virus. According to the CDC, older individuals, those with pre-existing health conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease), and people with compromised immune systems may be at greater risk for severe illness from the virus.

I AM EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS AND THINK I MAY HAVE COVID-19. WHERE SHOULD I GO?

Anyone experiencing mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell) are asked to contact their healthcare provider for guidance. Anyone experiencing more severe symptoms, such as extreme shortness of breath, is asked to call 9-1-1 or proceed directly to the Emergency Department. If possible, individuals are asked to contact the Emergency Department at (989) 723-5211, prior to their arrival.

SHOULD I RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT AT MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE?

Clinical services in all Memorial Healthcare employed provider offices have expanded for in-person visits. We also continue to offer telemedicine visits. Please contact your provider for additional information.

WHERE CAN I GET THE LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19?

Information about COVID-19 is evolving daily. To learn the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, we recommend these resources:

If you are planning to travel overseas, please visit the CDC travel site.

WHO IS AT THE GREATEST RISK FOR CONTRACTING COVID-19?

The elderly and people with chronic health conditions or weak immunity should take extra precautions.

HOW CAN I HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE?

To help contain the spread of all germs, including influenza and COVID-19, the best defense is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, avoid touching your face, and be sure to cover your cough or sneeze. Use extra precautions when touching common surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails, and disinfect surfaces regularly.

PREVENTION

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a face mask
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES