Coronavirus Resources in Northern Michigan Health & Food

Last updated: Monday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Northern Michigan nonprofit organizations and government agencies are banding together to support their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Below is a list of community resources being made available to all during this time of need.

Be sure to visit How to Support Our Northern Michigan Businesses During Covid-19 to find all the ways you can still support stores, restaurants, events and their employees. We know these small businesses are the lifeblood of small towns and it is a great time to check out how you can continue to shop, eat and attend.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is advising the public of two possible exposure sites. The county has three confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, March 24.
 

Anyone who was at the Target store on South Airport Road West in Traverse City between 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 should self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms, which include fever, cough, body aches and shortness of breath, the department said.

The second exposure site is Cherry Capital Airport, the department said. Anyone who was on Delta Flight DL4991 departing from Detroit Metro Airport and landing at Cherry Capital on Monday, March 16, should self-quarantine until Monday, March 30.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

According to Governor Whitmer, effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their homes and residences under very limited circumstance and must adhere to social distancing rules. The executive order prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.

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– Public Health – 

State of Michigan// Hotline

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has setup a hotline for public health and other experts to answer health-related questions about COVID-19.The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Munson Healthcare// Information Line

If you have general health-related questions about COVID-19, call 231-935-0951 to access the Munson Healthcare information line.

Western Upper Peninsula Health Department// Call Center

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department opened a call center to assist in answering questions from the community. The call center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. The number for the call center is (906) 487-5545.

Aspirus// Call Center

Aspirus has established a call center for people concerned they might be infected with COVID-19. The dedicated line will be operational and staffed by live operators beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. The phone lines will be staffed 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. Operators will direct callers to the closest regional testing location if they need to see a medical professional. The call center number is (844)568-0701.

Child & Family Services// Shelter Remains Open

Pete’s Place Youth Shelter for runaway and homeless youth remains open 24/7, while utilizing stringent universal precautions. For more information, call the youth crisis hotline (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315. Non-residential youth services for and youth and families at risk are available with the same phone numbers. For more information, call Melissa Ryba, (231) 631-7660 or email [email protected].

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services// Blood Needed

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced they need blood donations. Blood drives were canceled across the state in the wake of COVID-19, but people can still donate by appointment or in blood drives that follow social distancing requirements. Make an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App on mobile phones, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

– Deliveries & Transportion – 

Bay Life Getaways // Traverse City Courier Service

Bay Life Getaways is offering complimentary curb-to-curb delivery service for local businesses and their customers in Traverse City while it is needed. It’s safe, reliable and provides a way for businesses to get their products to customers and vice versa as we practice and adjust to social distancing. Here’s how it works: You request a courier, we pick it up curbside at the pick-up location, drop it in a sealed container and deliver it curbside to the drop-off location. We are focusing on businesses and their customers in the city limits this week. As we make it through all the logistics, we will be reevaluating other needs. The service is complimentary, but we recommend a gratuity for your courier as he/she does need to cover gas, etc. To book with us, you can set up an appointment here or text message: 231-486-8055. We will be in touch once we receive your request to go over details.

BATA// Revised Schedule

Beginning Friday, several routes including the Bayline and City Loop will now end at 8 p.m. City Loop Route Three and the Leelanau Loop have been suspended. These changes will last until at least April 1. BATA recommends only using public transportation when necessary. Be sure to check the schedule.

– Seniors & Health –

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology // Bellaire
The team at Crosshatch is working to balance local, grassroots work with the 2-1-1 system.* One offering is a simple letter that can be printed out on any printer and placed on neighbors’ doors as a way to reach out and check in with them without making physical contact. To download a printable copy of the flyer, click here.

*The 2-1-1 system connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government resources in your area.

Alliance for Senior Housing // Traverse City
Alliance for Senior Housing is committed to helping the older adult population during this time. Normally we would meet face to face, however, with taking precautions, I’m available by phone to answer quick questions or to set up an hour phone appointment. During this hour, we can discuss an individuals needs and desires, talk about amenities, cost and funding options. There are available assisted living homes out there, but not all are taking in new admissions. This is the perfect time to gather information for yourself or a loved one. Conference calls can also be arranged. / Connie Hintsala, Owner of Alliance for Senior Housing, LLC / Office: 231-263-4040, Cell: 231-883-5028

Meals on Wheels// How Seniors Can Get Meals

Updates on how Northern Michigan seniors can get Meals on Wheels food delivery.

Super One Foods// One Hour Shopping Just for Seniors

Effective immediately, Super One Foods in Marquette Township will reserve their first hour of business for the elderly, immunocompromised, health care staff and first responders.

– Nutrition –

Manna Project// Food Bank Map
Manna Project has an interactive map to help locate food banks throughout Northern Michigan. Be sure to contact the feedback before heading to that location to be sure they are open and get updated procedures in light of Covid-19.
 
 
 
Goodwill Northern Michigan // Food Rescue, Goodwill Inn

Goodwill Northern Michigan is more than nine thrift stores. Their donors, shoppers and funders support community programs — Food Rescue, the Goodwill Inn, Patriot Place, Street Outreach, meal services, and Good Neighbor Vouchers. All of Goodwill’s programs are ramping up during this time of crisis to help our most vulnerable neighbors who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Donation centers and thrift shops are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations of used goods are the lifeblood of their operations. Nonperishable food brought to any one of their nine donation centers will be distributed to food banks in the store’s local area. Financial donations are the most flexible support for their community programs. Healthy, low-risk individuals are needed to help with housing and food services. Supporters can donate and volunteer and find information on Goodwill’s donation centers on their website.

 

The Michigan Department of Education// Map to Meals
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced that an online map has been developed for families to find locations where meals are being provided during this period of school closure. The map can be found at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/, and will be updated twice each day during the closure period.

Meals on Wheels// How Seniors Can Get Meals
Updates on how Northern Michigan seniors can get Meals on Wheels food delivery.

Area Schools Continuing Food Service
Schools in the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) region have released food service schedules and distribution plans in order to ensure that students who rely on schools for healthy meals continue to receive services during the state-ordered school closure. Hours of operation and distribution plans vary by school. (To view an interactive map of all Michigan schools offering meal services at this time, click here).

Fuel Your Tomorrow Health Foods // Traverse City
Today alone, we have had 22 MORE families reach out for meals. Over 105 people that need meals TODAY. We NEED your donations. Even if it’s $5, every bit counts. Give anything. It is so so so appreciated. If you have anything to spare, please reach out // 231-590-4938

TBAISD food distribution locations and options include:

Traverse City Area Public Schools
Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
Services Begin: Wednesday, March 18
Distribution Center Locations/Hours:
-Blair Elementary School (1625 Sawyer Road), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-Traverse Heights Elementary School (933 Rose Street), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-East Middle School (1776 Three Mile Road), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-Long Lake Elementary School (7600 North Long Lake Road), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bellaire Area Public Schools
Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
Services Begin: Thursday, March 19
Distribution Center Locations/Hours:
– Cedar Meadows (Cedar Court) , 8:00 to 8:15 a.m.
– Bellaire Library (S Bridge St) , 8:20 to 8:35 a.m.
– Courthouse (E Cayuga St) , 8:40 to 8:55 a.m.
– Village Apartments (Birch Street A) , 9:00 to 9:15 a.m.
– Holiday Drive , 9:20 to 9:35 a.m.
– Airport parking lot (S Derenzy Rd) , 9:40 to 9:55 a.m.
– Methodist Church/Forest Home Township parking lot (N Bridge St) , 10:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Kingsley Area Schools
Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
Services Begin: Monday, March 16
Distribution Center Locations/Hours:
– Hannah St. Mary’s (2912 M-113) , 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– Kingsley Methodist Church (113 Blair Street) , 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
– Home Delivery – Contact School Directly

Benzie Central Schools
Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
Services Begin: Tuesday, March 17
Distribution Center Locations/Hours: Home Delivery – Contact School Directly

Kalkaska Public Schools
Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
Services Begin: Monday, March 16
Distribution Center Locations/Hours:
– Kalkaska High School (109 N. Birch Street)
– Bus Stops – Contact School Directly

For a complete list of food services provided by area schools within the TBAISD five-county region, click here. Contact your local school or nearest distribution center for the most up-to-date information.

West Side Grocery & Petoskey Parks & Rec// Free Lunches for Kids

The Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation is coordinating with Bill and Carol’s West Side Grocery to offer free lunches for children at the city’s Winter Sports Park next week. Lunches will be available on a table between The Lodge’s double doors. Individuals can open the outer door, take their sack lunch and leave.

Food Banks:

Father Fred Foundation / 231-947-2055 / Beginning Monday, March 16, the building will be closed to all guests and visitors. The foundation will be offering food and emergency financial services only. Donations of food, clothing and furniture have been temporarily suspended since the foundation has very limited volunteer support. They greatly appreciate and continue to need financial donations. Guests need to call the foundation on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. to access services. Intake will be done via phone.

The Northwest Food Coalition / Contact Val Stone, Staff Coordinator 231-995-7723 or [email protected] / Click here for a detailed list of which pantries are still open and their hours/usage.

– Exercise –

TART Trails
In light of the COVID-19 virus, the TART Trails office is closed until further notice, but the trails remain open. TART staff are still available via email and phone—they will continue to make sure these valuable public resources remain a respite and serve as critical corridors for health and transportation. Check the TART Trails website to find your trail and to directly contact staff. And stay tuned to their Facebook page for trail updates.
 
Keep in mind these tips for safety from the National Recreation and Park Association
  • Don’t go out on the trails if you have symptoms. Just don’t.
  • Symptom free? Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails—wash hands, carry hand sanitizer. If you happen to need to sneeze or cough (it happens), cover your mouth and nose with an elbow or tissue/cloth.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed—be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring your own water or drinks.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash—be sure to pack out everything to protect everyone.

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