Stay Informed COVID-19

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COVID-19 Resources courtesy of United Way of Southwest Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about COVID-19. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.

The Berrien County Health Department is maintaining a hotline to answer questions locally at 1-800-815-5485. BCHD’s hotline is staffed M-F from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.; voicemails left over the weekend will be returned within 24 hours.

As a service to our community, Spectrum Health is offering free COVID-19 screenings 24/7 to people in the state of Michigan who are experiencing symptoms at 616-391-2380 or https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19.

Tri-County Food Distribution Sites

Individuals in need of resources should call 211. Also, visit Berrien Community Foundation for a list of resources. Learn more about 211! Help starts here. Visit Help4Her.org.

Child care for essential workers

On March 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-16 to help ease the burden of child care for families who remain in the essential workforce. Since then, United Way of Southwest Michigan has been working closely with Berrien RESA, Lewis Cass ISD, Van Buren ISD, the YMCA of Greater Michiana, and Southwest Child Care Resources to create a plan for families in southwest Michigan.

If your business utilizes essential workers, please share the survey link provided below with your employees:

helpmegrow-mi.org/essential

Completing the survey is the first step to help them connect to childcare options. Once a worker’s information has been collected, a local representative will contact the essential worker within 24-48 hours to assist in finding an open child care facility with capacity to address child care needs. If they are not able to complete the survey online, they can simply dial 2-1-1 and a contact specialist will help them.

In addition, Berrien RESA and Lewis Cass ISD are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Michiana to provide additional child care capacity. If your business is interested in supporting this effort for your employees, please contact Zech Hoyt at zhoyt@ymcaswm.com.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the person from your county listed below:

  • Berrien County – Kerenda Applebey at Berrien RESA, 269-471-7725 ext. 1330 or kerenda.applebey@berrienresa.org.

  • Cass County – Christine Whitmire at Lewis Cass ISD, 269-445-6285 or christine.whitmire@lewiscassisd.org.

  • Van Buren County – Lise Black at Van Buren ISD, 269-539-5207 or liblack@vbisd.org.

Essential workforce includes: health care workers, home health workers, direct care workers, emergency medical service providers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, child care workers (including any employees acting as child care workers in essential workforce child care centers), personnel providing correctional services, postal workers, public health employees, key government employees, court personnel, and others providing critical infrastructure to Michiganders.

Self-Care Strategies during Social Isolation

Limit social media. Only follow things that will help and support you. Stay informed by visiting appropriate resources like the CDC and local health departments.

Connect with others virtually. Social distance does NOT mean emotional distance. Call AND text your friends, video chat with your family, use apps to connect with your neighbors, email your support system, interact with a Facebook group. Make a list of people in your circle and connect with a few of them each day.

Soothe yourself. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, grounding exercises, prayer, calming music/sounds, warm candles, laughter, singing. Find ways to soothe and calm your body and senses.

Focus on the things you can control. Wash your hands, hydrate, nourish your body with healthy foods including fruits and vegetables, move your body, organize your schedule by creating a daily to-do list, create a new budget if your finances change.

Honor and distract. It’s okay to acknowledge your fear.  But try to limit your worry to 15 minutes each day. During these 15 minutes, you’re allowed to worry as much as you want. Once the timer goes off, it’s time to step away from the worry and back into the present. Move forward and find active ways to divert your attention: read a book, play a game, do a puzzle, make a craft, cook a meal, create music, write in a journal.

RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT DURING SOCIAL ISOLATION

Emergency Preparedness

for area residents

Berrien County Emergency Response Consortium

The Berrien County Emergency Response Consortium’s mission is to provide efficient and effective delivery of services through cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration of volunteer, community, and non-governmental organizations to individuals and communities affected by disasters or emergencies in Berrien County. The organizations and individuals involved with the Berrien County Emergency Response Consortium work together to help during a time of disaster and/or emergency.

for ERC members and partners

Log in HERE to access:

  • Local Agreement of Cooperation

  • Standard Operating Guidelines

  • Resource Partner Form

Emergency Response Consortium Members


Given the developing seriousness of the Coronavirus, and with advice from the State of Michigan and local officials, we are taking the necessary steps to protect our building from outside visitors so our employees are able to safely come to work to do their jobs in news, business and entertainment, which are consumed by many thousands of people. Serving our communities, especially in this time of concern, is part of our FCC licensed duty to protect the public and keep you informed. If you have questions about this temporary change in policy, you may contact our office at 269-925-1111. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.