Laurel Johnson, PIO
April 12, 2021
Health Department of Northwest Michigan COVID-19 Update
Health Department: If you’re 16, get the shot!
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has one message for anyone 16 years or older: Get the shot!
To make scheduling easier, community members can self-schedule into first dose vaccination clinics this week in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. A total of 2,208 first doses are scheduled to be administered at this week’s clinics, which include:
• April 13, Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, Pfizer. Anyone 16 and older is eligible for this vaccine.
• April 14, Helena Township, Antrim County, Moderna. Evening appointments are available.
• April 14, Ellison Place, Gaylord, Otsego County, Pfizer. This clinic is offered in collaboration with Munson Healthcare and anyone 16 and older is eligible for this vaccine.
• April 15, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey, Emmet County, Pfizer. Anyone 16 and older is eligible for this vaccine.
• April 16, Shirley Roloff Northside Center (former elementary school), Charlevoix County, Pfizer. Anyone 16 and older is eligible for this vaccine.
In addition, 1,626 second doses are being administered at clinics across all four counties this week.
All scheduled first dose clinics through April 23 are listed on the health department’s website and residents are able to self-schedule their appointments or can call 211 for assistance. The vaccine is free and there is no charge to individuals.
“If you are 16 or older, you are eligible to get vaccinated. We want to urge everyone to get their shot,” said Lisa Peacock, Health Officer. “The race is on to get vaccinated now as the more easily spread variant is spreading across our region. Getting vaccinated is the key to returning to normalcy – to gathering with family and friends, to participating in school activities, and to being able to enjoy all the fun summer activities that northern Michigan offers.”
The health department continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout its four-county jurisdiction. To learn more and to sign up for any vaccine appointment for this week or future weeks, visit www.nwhealth.org. Minors need to be accompanied by their parent/guardian and are eligible for vaccination clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone with internet or other barriers to scheduling themselves on the website can call 2-1-1 or their local Commission on Aging or Senior Center.
Saturday, April 10, 82 new cases were reported: Antrim (23), Charlevoix (16), Emmet (16), and Otsego (27) counties. Sunday, April 11, 39 new cases were reported: Antrim (2), Charlevoix (7), Emmet (17), and Otsego (13) counties. Today, April 12, 65 new cases were reported: Antrim (10), Charlevoix (22), Emmet (16), and Otsego (17) counties. As of 4 p.m. today, the health department is reporting:
• Total COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (1,379), Charlevoix (1,366), Emmet (1,966), and Otsego (1,951).
• Recovered COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (1,012), Charlevoix (1,064), Emmet (1,486), and Otsego (1,253).
• Confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths in the following counties: Antrim (21), Charlevoix (14), Emmet (39), and Otsego (28).
The State of Michigan is reporting 747,697 cases and 16,512 deaths.
Stay up to date on the latest information in the Health Department of Northwest Michigan jurisdiction by liking and following our Facebook page and visiting our COVID-19 Data Dashboard. To locate a testing facility, visit the Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder website. To track the risk levels of COVID-19 pandemic indicators, visit the MI Safe Start Map website. For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the MDHHS vaccine website or the CDC vaccine website.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information, visit nwhealth.org.