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COVID - 19 INFORMATION

If You Are In Need Of Assistance Please Call 211!

2-1-1, the three digit helpline, is working with State Agency Emergency Management coordinators to ensure 2-1-1 is able to assist the statewide COVID-19 response effectively as in other emergencies.  Locally, we are communicating with all the helping agencies to update their program information and availability to ensure that this “one-stop” place to call is continuously updated to meet the needs of local residents.  Dial 2-1-1, Text your zip code to 898211, or Visit/Chat www.call-211.org to link to available local services.  

Free COVID-19 Virtual Screenings Call 616-391-2380

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, community organizations and local partners are actively working to assist those impacted by the disease. 

You can help our community respond to the impact of COVID-19. This website will be updated regularly to provide resources, volunteer opportunities, and ways to engage as a donor. 


      


What You Can Do To Help! 

Steps to Prevent Illness & Other Health Information: 

Health Insurance and Medical Expenses

If you have health insurance, visit the website for your provider or contact their customer support line with any questions about coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Many healthcare insurers are also making telemedicine available to customers for low or no cost.

If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for benefits through your state. Visit this website to explore options based on your household income, children in the home, and state.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, and shortness of breath) and are concerned that you cannot afford to seek treament or a test, contact your medical provider or the nearest Urgent Care facility to seek guidance. Free testing for COVID-19 is becoming available in many places, but medical care may still incur a charge. Be sure to ask questions about cost if you seek medical care or treatment.

Click Here To Download COVID-19 Symptoms Flyer (English)

Click Here To Download COVID-19 Symptoms Flyer (Spanish)

Mental Health and Crisis

The outbreak of coronovirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Visit this CDC page to learn more about things you can do to support yourself and your loved ones. If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for free 24/7:

Don't Be Afraid To Talk To Your Children About COVID-19! Download these tips and resources from MDHHS 

Volunteer Your Time: 

Your gifts of time are especially meaningful as our community navigates the impact of COVID-19. Older citizens are being advised to remain at home, creating a gap in the volunteer workforce. United Way of the Lakeshore Volunteer Center is coordinating community-wide volunteer efforts. Please note volunteers must be 18-60 and anyone 60+ will be assigned remote needs.
 
Help support urgent community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, while keeping in mind the following:
  • Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc.
  • Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
  • Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
  • Stay home when you are sick. This seems simple, but you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – handwashing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed

Donate Goods:

Organizations are facing an increased demand for food and household goods. Make an in-kind gift to support their work.  Click Here to see a list of pantries and the items they are in need of. 

Donate Financially:

Another way to help those affected by COVID-19 is to donate your financial resources. Click Here to donate an online gift towards the COVID-19 Response Fund. 


Resource Questions and Concerns

Food Distribution: 

Click here for March 2020 Mobile Food Pantry Schedule
Muskegon/Oceana Schools Food Distribution; click the link to view their press release

School Closed- Child Care Options – Ideas 

For more daycare options please call; 877-616-7328 or visit greatstarttoquality.org

  • The high school students are available and most are looking for a way to earn some money 
  • Check with teenagers in your neighborhood to watch the kids 
  • Think carpool but make it a babysitting pool – two families can share a babysitter 
  • Check with friends and relatives to care for the kids while they are out of school 
  • Your church could have space available for the kids and the youth group could babysit and earn money for their project 
  • Reach out on social media to your friends 
  • Does your work have space for someone to watch the kids
Newaygo Child Care Flyer; Click Here

Home Internet Access: 

If you do not have internet access at home, or cannot afford to maintain it, but need internet for work or school, there are several options available through providers:

Additionally, many internet providers have announced that they are waiving late payment fees, increasing caps on internet speeds, and will not disconnect customers for not paying monthly bills on time. If you have questions or concerns about your internet connection, contact your provider or visit their website for more information.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Small Businesses

SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. To learn more about the process for accessing SBA's COVID-19 disaster relief lending, please go here. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY:1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
 
Michigan’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for grants and loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to provide economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and in turn help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak.  
 

Tax Return Update

The tax filing deadline has moved from April 15 to July 15 for this year: https://www.woodtv.com/news/national/income-tax-filing-deadline-moved-to-july-15-from-april-15/

 

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