The Health Department of Northwest Michigan wants to reiterate that the curve is flattening, and our local efforts are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. However, we recognize that our prevention efforts to save and protect lives may lead to physical, mental or emotional distress for some residents.
Lisa Peacock, Health Officer, shares, “we know that these are difficult conditions. Social isolation affects everyone differently depending on personal circumstances, and many people are also experiencing severe financial and social stressors, as well as grief and loss. We want to remind our communities that there are state and local resources available to support anyone experiencing difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mental health resources have expanded greatly to address increased need, as residents may face greater stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Michigan Stay Home, Stay Well mental health initiatives include:
Additional information about all of these resources can be found on the MDHHS Stay Home, Stay Well webpage. Residents can call 211 to get information and resources locally for their needs.
As of 4:00pm, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting positive COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim – 10, Charlevoix – 13, Emmet – 21, Otsego – 93; and confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the following counties: Charlevoix – 1, Emmet – 2, Otsego – 8.
Due to software and web issues, the State of Michigan’s daily update to case counts will happen later tonight. As of yesterday, the State of Michigan has reported 43,754 cases and 4,049 deaths; and as of April 24, cumulative recovered cases: 15,659.