Joint Information Center Update for Wednesday, August 18

Joint Information Center Update for Wednesday, August 18

August 18, 2021 | Albion, MI | Calhoun County JOC – As of Noon on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Calhoun County has a cumulative total of 12,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD), with a total of 303 deaths attributed to the virus. This information is updated once daily, Monday through Friday, at www.calhouncountymi.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: The State vaccine dashboard shows that as of August 18, 2021, 109,222 doses have been administered to Calhoun County residents, from various sources, not just the Public Health Department. In Calhoun County, total shots administered by the Public Health Department as of July 12 are 21,314 first dose and 19,082 second dose shots. Last week, between August 8-14, the Public Health Department administered 11 vaccine doses. Our first dose totals include all who are vaccinated by CCPHD with one dose of any vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccine coverage in Calhoun County as of August 13, 2021:Residents ages 12-64Initiation 45.2%Completion 40.7%Residents 65 years and olderInitiation 76.9%Completion 73.8%Residents 16 and older totalInitiation 53.6%Completion 49.6%

Vaccine Clinic Schedule: The September Vaccine Clinic schedule is below. Clinics are open to anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine. At each of these events, every fully vaccinated student will have their name entered into a drawing for one year’s worth of tuition at Albion College. Other prizes include a semester of free tuition, a one-year family membership to the Battle Creek Family YMCA, and free books at Albion for one semester. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 3-6 p.m., Battle Creek YMCA, Pfizer vaccine (12 years and older), J&J vaccine (18 years and older) upon request. No appointment necessary. Second dose return Tuesday, September 28. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3-6 p.m., Marshall High School, 701 N Marshall Ave, Marshall, MI 49068, Pfizer vaccine (12 years and older), J&J vaccine (18 years and older) upon request. No appointment necessary. Second dose return Wednesday, September 29. Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Albion College, Pfizer vaccine (12 years and older), J&J vaccine (18 years and older) upon request. No appointment necessary. Second dose return Saturday, October 2.

Reminder: COVID-19 vaccine is also available by appointment only at both Calhoun County Public Health Department clinic locations:

Toeller Building, 190 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, 269-969-6363Albion Health Department, 214 E Michigan Ave, Albion, 517-629-9434 Both clinics are open Monday – Thursday 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., as well as Fridays 8 a.m.-Noon. Please call the appropriate office to set up an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People: The FDA has now authorized and CDC and ACIP have recommended an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and have already completed their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. It is important to have the additional dose if you are immunocompromised, but you don’t need to get it right away. The CDC recommends that significantly immunocompromised people such as people who have received a solid organ transplants and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system or are receiving cancer treatments.
You have time to get your questions answered and find the best location because the two-dose vaccination series is still providing you protection. If you are wondering if you should receive the additional COVID-19 vaccine dose, we encourage you to discuss it with your healthcare provider, as they are the most familiar with your medical history and can provide the best course of action. A general list of moderately to severely immunocompromised conditions can be found here, :https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
You do not need a doctor’s note to receive an additional dose. You also do not need to receive your additional dose at the same place where you received your initial vaccine doses. Many vaccine providers are now available in our community – including local pharmacies. Visit https://www.vaccines.gov to find a vaccine location close to you.
Currently the Calhoun County Public Health Department is working on new vaccination clinic locations to help serve those who are immunocompromised. Stay up-to-date with vaccine clinics in the Calhoun County area at calhouncountymi.gov/covidvaccine. When CCPHD clinics are announced for immunocompromised individuals, a press release or briefing will be sent with that information.

Will COVID-19 vaccination help keep me from getting COVID-19? Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines do help keep people with no symptoms from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Stopping the pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.
Keep up with Calhoun County vaccine efforts atcalhouncountymi.gov/covidvaccine
Information About Schools:

MDHHS issues updated COVID-19 School Guidance: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued updated recommendations for schools designed to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning, and help protect vulnerable individuals and individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
The guidance reflects the most current recommendations by the CDC on masking and prevention strategies to help operate schools more safely. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3jr5HWi.
School Masking Update from CCPHDThe Calhoun County Public Health Department will not be releasing additional mandates at this time.
Schools were given written and detailed advice on implementing a layered prevention strategy for in-person learning that will minimize spread of the virus. That layered approach includes promote vaccination, require universal masking within the school, physical distancing, ventilation, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine when necessary.
Calhoun County Health Officer Eric Pessell under advisement of Medical Director Dr. William Nettleton and the Public Health Department staff will continue to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community and maintain direct communication with superintendents countywide.
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For updates from Calhoun County, about County operations and COVID-19 in Calhoun County, visit the County website, calhouncountymi.gov.
For updates from the City of Battle Creek, please visit battlecreekmi.gov/coronavirus.
The State’s COVID-19 Hotline is available for anyone who has questions or concerns related to the virus. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 1-888-535-6136. For state COVID-19 information, visit michigan.gov/coronavirus.