COVID-19 

Saginaw County Updates

Below is the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Saginaw.

For more information, please visit www.saginawpublichealth.org 

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August 31, 2020

UPDATE for Saginaw County 8/31/2020

 

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2375 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2375 (+42 from Friday)
Recovered 1329 (+22 from Friday)
Deaths 128

 

 

What Can YOU Do?

So many of you have reached out to us asking what can be done to curb the rise in cases in Saginaw County. Thank you for commitment to serving as an important influencer in this fight against COVID-19. You play a vital role.
 

#1 – If you’re healthy:

CONTINUE TO WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR YOUR MASK. WATCH YOUR DISTANCE.
 
#2 – If you’ve been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes):
 
STAY HOME!

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately. Monitor yourself for symptoms. Get tested, stay home while you wait for results. Stay home for 14 days even if your test results are negative.

#3 – If you have symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, etc):
 
STAY HOME! 

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately to get tested for COVID-19 or to rule out other illnesses. Stay home while you wait for results. If positive, stay home until you can go 24 hours without a fever (without taking fever reducing medications), and your symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began. If negative, stay home until your symptoms have improved.

What we’re seeing is sick people continuing to be actively out and about when they are contagious. They aren’t staying put while they wait for results and are infecting others for days.

Equally concerning are those who think that a negative test result gives them a “get out of quarantine” pass. It does not! People who have been in close contact with a positive case need to stay home for a full 14 days until the incubation period passes.

If you have questions, please reach out to us on the COVID-19 hotline at (989) 758-3828.

 

 

COVID-19 and May Flooding

As you all know, our fight against COVID-19 took an interesting turn in May when our county, along with four others, experienced historic storms and flooding. The health department’s role in county-wide emergency preparedness was vital – especially as we implemented safe sheltering for those 700+ households (and a long-term care facility) evacuated during the pandemic.
 
Saginaw County Emergency Manager Lt. Mark Przybylski recently reported to us that of the 600 or so houses impacted in some way by the floods, several were successful in filing claims for flood insurance. In addition, nearly 500 have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance with nearly $1.4 million paid out already. The deadline to apply with FEMA is September 8.

May’s flood is just one more example of how Saginaw comes together to help our friends and neighbors. As part of the recovery efforts, the Saginaw County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group formed with representatives of Saginaw County government, local non-profit agencies, charitable organizations, corporations, and faith-based groups working collaboratively to make sure everyone affected by May’s devastating severe storms and flooding is aware of and connected to recovery process details and resources. Information is available at www.reliefsaginaw.org and on Facebook @SaginawCoEM.

Wear Your Masks, Saginaw!

It’s one of our 3 Ws. So we’re passionate about asking everyone to put aside divisiveness and political points of view. Just this one simple act  – along with handwashing and social distancing – will help us battle COVID-19 in Saginaw County.

The CDC has created a new website to help you decide how to select, wear, and clean your mask. We hope this is helpful.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe

August 20, 2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2126 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2126 (+28 from yesterday)
Recovered 1210 (+27 from yesterday)
Deaths 126

New Reporting Form for Businesses

In an effort to assist businesses in complying with Executive Order 2020-161Safeguards to Protect Michigan’s Workers from COVID-19, we have created a mechanism for electronically reporting COVID-19 cases within the workplace. The order requires that all businesses immediately notify the local public health department when an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Businesses with knowledge of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee should visit www.saginawpublichealth.org, go to the "Information for Businesses and Employers" section of the Coronavirus page, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form in its entirety, and submit it to the health department within 24 hours of notification. 

Submission can be completed by using the “SUBMIT” button on the form or via email to covid19@saginawcounty.com. Feel free to contact the Saginaw County Health Department at 758-3887 with questions regarding the form or reporting process.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

School Guidance Efforts Focus on Safety

In addition to helping dozens of county businesses safely reopen and manage their protocol for handling and reporting COVID-19 positive cases among staff and customers, the health department has been hard at work helping our 14 districts and several parochial school systems prepare for return to learning in the fall.

The following is a list of presentations and other pertinent school reopening documents, including an extensive toolkit we have published on our website and sent to all superintendents.  

  1. Parent Forum via Facebook Live event last week: View the Slide Deck (you can also view the presentation on our Facebook page here)

  2. July 15 school administrator meeting: View the Slide Deck

  3. August 14 school administrator meeting:  View the Slide Deck

  4. Overall page information for schools with some documents posted: Information for Schools and Childcare Facilities

  5. Toolkit Part A and Part B:  

July 6, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,295 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,295
Recovered 704
Deaths 121

July 6, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,284 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,284
Recovered 695
Deaths 120

As we look at our data, we are pleased to see no new deaths for several days. This is encouraging.

What is concerning over the course of the past two weeks is an increase in the average number of contacts per positive case of COVID-10. It has risen from 2.52 contacts/case to 4.34 which means that cases are having more direct contact with others as people continue to leave their homes.  This underscores the need to stay vigilant in practicing prevention (hand washing, covering coughs, staying six feet away from people, wearing a mask, and staying home if you feel ill).

Please know that ANYTIME we leave the house we are increasing our RISK of coming into contact with COVID-19.

Hand Sanitizer Health Alert

 

The CDC and FDA are warning consumers and health care providers that there has been a  sharp increase in hand sanitizer products  labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice if you have swallowed a hand sanitizer product or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use of these products that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol),

  2. Stop using any hand sanitizers that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list because using these methanol-containing products may result in serious adverse health events (e.g., blindness and death), and

  3. NEVER swallow hand sanitizer and only use it for its intended purpose.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

To clarify, we want to remind everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol). And be sure the hand sanitizer you’re using is NOT on the FDA’s recall list.

June 25, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,195 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,195
Recovered 608
Deaths 120

Health Department Navigates Reopening for Regular Services Amid Continued Pandemic Response

The laboratory will welcome back clients beginning Monday, July 6, for by-appointment-only drug testing. Those requiring this service are being instructed to call the health department at (989) 758-3825, ext. 4 or check Facebook for daily instructions about scheduling appointments online.

Only one client at a time will be allowed to enter the building, except for minors who need to be accompanied by a legal adult. Masks are required to enter the building and all visitors will be screened.

Throughout the shutdown, health department staff has balanced Zoom appointments with clients, answering questions and providing guidance on the COVID-19 hotlines — AND contact tracing positive COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 has been an “all hands on deck” crisis that continues. So navigating back to regular services is challenging given our limited resources. Our re-opening, like so many other businesses, will be gradual, thoughtful, well-planned and safe.

The dedicated individuals on this staff are among the true heroes of the pandemic and we ask that you join us in thanking them for their dedication during unprecedented times. If you’d like to send a note of thanks, please send it to cvasquez@saginawcounty.org.

June 24, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,187 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,187
Recovered 600
Deaths 120

The rise in recovered cases is always encouraging. While we are seeing a slight uptick in daily cases from 3.4 to 5.3 percent, our positivity rate (the number of positive cases among those tested) is still good.

As you know, some states are seeing large increases in cases. These should be a wake-up call for us. We need the Saginaw community – even as we re-open more and more – to remain vigilant in wearing masks, washing hands, covering our coughs, maintaining social distance, and staying home if we feel sick. COVID-19 is not gone, and we must – as a community – work together to prevent the spread until a treatment or vaccine is available.

June 23, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,172 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,172
Recovered 535
Deaths 117

 

This Week's Facebook Live Event

The Saginaw County Health Department invites you to join them again for a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Appearing with them this week will be Dr. Nicholas Haddad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, CIC, an infectious disease specialist with CMU Health. The topic will be vaccines and the processes in place for vaccine development for COVID-19. They hope to answer questions many people have about timing for a vaccine, prioritization for vaccine distribution, mass vaccination efforts, impact – if any – on flu vaccinations and more.

Find Them On Facebook >

June 11, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,120 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,120
Recovered 362
Deaths 114

 

Testing Expands Again for Anyone Who Wants It

This week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) expanded testing criteria once again. At this point, anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19 can go to the drive-thru sampling site at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers at 501 Lapeer Street at no cost, with no doctor’s order required.

Rite Aid on State Street in Saginaw is also doing testing through riteaid.com.

We STRONGLY encourage anyone considering testing to first talk to a primary care provider for guidance. Negative results do not mean that you may not still contract COVID-19. Diagnostic testing will provide results on whether active infection is present or not within your body. You could still develop disease or get exposed in the days or weeks after your test. With that being said, even with a negative test result everyone should remain vigilant in following good prevention habits including:

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if you are in public places wear a face covering to protect others around you

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces in and around your home, workspace, vehicles, and other common areas, and  

  • Abide by the governor's Stay Home Stay/Safe Order and if you feel sick, make sure to isolate yourself from others.

 

As always anyone who is experiencing symptoms should definitely first consult with their primary care provider to discuss testing, isolation, and treatment options.

June 9, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,111 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,111
Recovered 331
Deaths 112

Data Analysis Sheds Light on County’s COVID-19 Response

Thanks to our access this summer to a graduate student studying epidemiology at the Michigan State University, we are getting much-needed analysis of our COVID-19 data and will be sharing it with you as it becomes available.

As of the end of May 2020, the data depicts:

  • 33% of our positive cases came from congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, hospice facilities)

  • However, these cases represented approximately 20% of our county’s deaths.

  • 20% of our positive cases came from health care workers. Of these, 68% had known health care contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • While Saginaw County has yet to display the racial disparity seen in other parts of the state as it relates to COVID-19, our numbers do reveal that while African Americans make up 19% of the county demographically, nearly 28% tested positive for the disease. Many of the earliest cases were among residents in the City of Saginaw. But countywide, less than 17% of all COVID-19 related deaths have been African Americans.

  • Central Michigan University is currently undertaking a study to examine why racial disparity was not as apparent here in Saginaw County as it has been statewide. We believe some of the factors may include:

    • Early testing – Saginaw County was among the first county to send testing samples to the State Lab for testing and has continued to expand testing efforts with many community partners

    • Buy-in from entire health care system – we had all hospitals at the table early to collaborate and coordinate efforts related to testing, PPE, safety protocol and standards of care

    • Our efforts to stay home/stay safe resulted in our hospital system never being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases

    • The health department’s accessibility and communications with providers, schools, and businesses provided much-needed guidance for decision-making and safety precautions

    • Our Emergency Management Plan is sound and was successfully implemented

June 5, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,083 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,083
Recovered 331
Deaths 110

Crime Prevention Council Releases Letter

 

Saginaw’s Crime Prevention Council – of which the Saginaw County Health Department is a member – released a letter today to the media. We think it speaks volumes about the organizations involved in the council and their stance on police brutality, oaths of office, and equity from all aspects!

As your local health department, we ALWAYS advocate for equity, especially as it relates to health and wellness. In times like these, when in some parts of the state a pandemic affects one population more than others, it brings to light health disparities that public health fights continuously and passionately.

Saginaw County has yet to see racial disparity in our COVID-19 numbers. For that, we are grateful. In the coming weeks, you will learn more about our data as we benefit from the work of a volunteer epidemiologic graduate student. We will also be asking you to advocate strongly for adequate funding to build a more robust public health system to ensure that Saginaw County prevents disease, prolongs life, and promotes health FOR ALL.

 

June 3, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,060 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,060
Recovered 321
Deaths 109

 

COVID-19 Testing Available to All

he David R. Gamez Great Lakes Bay Health Center at 501 Lapeer Avenue in Saginaw is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are no longer symptom or physician order requirements to be tested at this site. Sample collection is free for anyone living in Michigan, but identification and insurance cards (if available) are required. Those without health insurance can still be tested.

Drive-through or walk-up testing is available. Nasal swabs are taken outside in a tent or while seated in your vehicle. Results are communicated back within a few days.

In addition, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers is hosting a testing event in Buena Vista Charter Township next week. Testing will be conducted in the Town Green Park (next to Sav-A-Lot) on  Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or for as long as testing supplies last.

May 22, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 978 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 978
Recovered 247
Deaths 104

 

Celebrating Memorial Day in 2020
 

Memorial Day Weekend is Michigan’s official welcome to summer. It’s a popular time for traveling up north, hosting family barbeques, and gathering for parades and neighborhood celebrations. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend 2020 is happening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – and historic flooding -- as our state is still officially under Stay Home/Stay Safe orders.
 
So what does that mean for us here in Saginaw County?
 
It means we’re still washing our hands frequently, cleaning commonly used surfaces, wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, and going out for essential purposes like work (for some), groceries, and gasoline.
 
As of yesterday, Governor Whitmer is allowing small gatherings of 10 people or less, as long as participants are outside and practice social distancing.
 

Remember:

  • Stay outside

  • Keep your distance

  • Keep your hands clean

  • Wear a mask if possible 
     

So, in the spirit of safer gatherings, here are some suggestions to celebrate Memorial Day and honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty:

  • Have a special patriotic-themed cookout and play yard games. End the evening with a campfire/fire pit and s’mores

  • Relax by your pool if it’s open and ready

  • Create your own drive-in theater in the backyard or driveway, playing old favorite movies to honor your favorite veteran

  • Use sidewalk chalk to create a patriotic thank-you message on your driveway

  • Organize a socially distant “parade” and drive creatively decorated vehicles through the neighborhood

  • Make your home a vacation destination with red/white/blue or tropical decorations

  • Make a donation to an organization that supports veterans

Please remember, it is up to each of us to do our part in this fight against COVID-19. In protecting ourselves and our families, we protect each other. 
 
To ensure your safety, remember these tips:

  • Be careful when grilling

  • Wear seat belts if traveling

  • Operate all watercraft as they are intended and wear life jackets

  • Maintain social distancing both in and out of water

  • Don’t share snorkels or goggles

  • Avoid contact of any kind with water in the Bad River, Shiawassee River and Saginaw River as recent heavy rains have resulted in the discharge of untreated sewage into them
     

Due to flooding:

  • Stay away from all puddles, rivers and streams

  • Do NOT attempt to drive vehicles around road barriers for road closures

  • Stay away from downed power lines

  • Stay away from stray or wild animals, and do not touch dead animals

  • Never use electrical equipment in wet areas, and

  • Do not let children go outdoors alone

May 20, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 962 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 962
Recovered 231
Deaths 100

 

Flood Advisory and Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

We are incredibly saddened and concerned that floods are now added to the list of potential health hazards for our county as we battle COVID-19. However, the recent heavy rains have resulted in the discharge of untreated sewage into the North Branch of the Bad River. Elevated levels of E. coli bacteria can be expected as the plume of sewage flows to the Shiawassee River through the State Game Area and National Wildlife Refuge to the Saginaw River.
 
We are advising people to avoid contact with water in these rivers until further notice. Swimming, wading, or any type of water recreation that could cause water to be swallowed or get into the mouth, nose or eyes is NOT recommended and can be a health hazard. Avoid direct skin contact if possible and immediately wash with soap and clean water if exposed.
 
We are also urging residents to be safe during and after flooding by doing the following:

  • Stay away from puddles, rivers and streams

  • Do NOT attempt to drive vehicles around road barriers for road closures

  • Stay away from downed power lines

  • Stay away from stray or wild animals, and do not touch dead animals

  • Never use electrical equipment in wet areas, and

  • Do not let children go outdoors alone

 

Any residents that evacuate need to be mindful to stay safe from COVID-19 by washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, isolating as much as possible when sick, avoiding touching your face, avoiding those who are sick, and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. It is also important to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between yourself and others.
 
Residents that need to seek a shelter location should remain vigilant and wear face covers or masks, make sure to perform frequent handwashing and to social distance in the shelters. Shelters will be making every effort possible to adhere to these prevention strategies.

May 18, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 933 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 933
Recovered 212
Deaths 98


Wednesday's Facebook Live Event

Wednesday, May 20, the Saginaw County Health Department will hold their fourth Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. to answer questions from media and the public. Their special guest will be psychiatrist Dr. Furhut Jassen who will help address growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and mental health needs in our county. Dr. Jassen will help viewers understand the impact of quarantine on stress, adjustment disorder, depression and anxiety as well as steps for knowing when and how to get help if needed.

May 15, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 880 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 880
Recovered 212
Deaths 94


Guide for Reopening Businesses


With more businesses opening and planning for gradual reopening, the following will help provide an overview for owners and managers. A complete toolkit will be available next week.

Below is the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Saginaw.

For more information, please visit www.saginawpublichealth.org 

https://mailchi.mp/cac0656a2374/za8rmzwml3-4598928?e=e47a17d97b​

August 31, 2020

UPDATE for Saginaw County 8/31/2020

 

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2375 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2375 (+42 from Friday)
Recovered 1329 (+22 from Friday)
Deaths 128

 

 

What Can YOU Do?

So many of you have reached out to us asking what can be done to curb the rise in cases in Saginaw County. Thank you for commitment to serving as an important influencer in this fight against COVID-19. You play a vital role.
 

#1 – If you’re healthy:

CONTINUE TO WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR YOUR MASK. WATCH YOUR DISTANCE.
 
#2 – If you’ve been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes):
 
STAY HOME!

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately. Monitor yourself for symptoms. Get tested, stay home while you wait for results. Stay home for 14 days even if your test results are negative.

#3 – If you have symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, etc):
 
STAY HOME! 

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately to get tested for COVID-19 or to rule out other illnesses. Stay home while you wait for results. If positive, stay home until you can go 24 hours without a fever (without taking fever reducing medications), and your symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began. If negative, stay home until your symptoms have improved.

What we’re seeing is sick people continuing to be actively out and about when they are contagious. They aren’t staying put while they wait for results and are infecting others for days.

Equally concerning are those who think that a negative test result gives them a “get out of quarantine” pass. It does not! People who have been in close contact with a positive case need to stay home for a full 14 days until the incubation period passes.

If you have questions, please reach out to us on the COVID-19 hotline at (989) 758-3828.

 

 

COVID-19 and May Flooding

As you all know, our fight against COVID-19 took an interesting turn in May when our county, along with four others, experienced historic storms and flooding. The health department’s role in county-wide emergency preparedness was vital – especially as we implemented safe sheltering for those 700+ households (and a long-term care facility) evacuated during the pandemic.
 
Saginaw County Emergency Manager Lt. Mark Przybylski recently reported to us that of the 600 or so houses impacted in some way by the floods, several were successful in filing claims for flood insurance. In addition, nearly 500 have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance with nearly $1.4 million paid out already. The deadline to apply with FEMA is September 8.

May’s flood is just one more example of how Saginaw comes together to help our friends and neighbors. As part of the recovery efforts, the Saginaw County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group formed with representatives of Saginaw County government, local non-profit agencies, charitable organizations, corporations, and faith-based groups working collaboratively to make sure everyone affected by May’s devastating severe storms and flooding is aware of and connected to recovery process details and resources. Information is available at www.reliefsaginaw.org and on Facebook @SaginawCoEM.

Wear Your Masks, Saginaw!

It’s one of our 3 Ws. So we’re passionate about asking everyone to put aside divisiveness and political points of view. Just this one simple act  – along with handwashing and social distancing – will help us battle COVID-19 in Saginaw County.

The CDC has created a new website to help you decide how to select, wear, and clean your mask. We hope this is helpful.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe

August 20, 2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2126 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2126 (+28 from yesterday)
Recovered 1210 (+27 from yesterday)
Deaths 126

New Reporting Form for Businesses

In an effort to assist businesses in complying with Executive Order 2020-161Safeguards to Protect Michigan’s Workers from COVID-19, we have created a mechanism for electronically reporting COVID-19 cases within the workplace. The order requires that all businesses immediately notify the local public health department when an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Businesses with knowledge of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee should visit www.saginawpublichealth.org, go to the "Information for Businesses and Employers" section of the Coronavirus page, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form in its entirety, and submit it to the health department within 24 hours of notification. 

Submission can be completed by using the “SUBMIT” button on the form or via email to covid19@saginawcounty.com. Feel free to contact the Saginaw County Health Department at 758-3887 with questions regarding the form or reporting process.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

School Guidance Efforts Focus on Safety

In addition to helping dozens of county businesses safely reopen and manage their protocol for handling and reporting COVID-19 positive cases among staff and customers, the health department has been hard at work helping our 14 districts and several parochial school systems prepare for return to learning in the fall.

The following is a list of presentations and other pertinent school reopening documents, including an extensive toolkit we have published on our website and sent to all superintendents.  

  1. Parent Forum via Facebook Live event last week: View the Slide Deck (you can also view the presentation on our Facebook page here)

  2. July 15 school administrator meeting: View the Slide Deck

  3. August 14 school administrator meeting:  View the Slide Deck

  4. Overall page information for schools with some documents posted: Information for Schools and Childcare Facilities

  5. Toolkit Part A and Part B:  

July 6, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,295 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,295
Recovered 704
Deaths 121

July 6, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,284 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,284
Recovered 695
Deaths 120

As we look at our data, we are pleased to see no new deaths for several days. This is encouraging.

What is concerning over the course of the past two weeks is an increase in the average number of contacts per positive case of COVID-10. It has risen from 2.52 contacts/case to 4.34 which means that cases are having more direct contact with others as people continue to leave their homes.  This underscores the need to stay vigilant in practicing prevention (hand washing, covering coughs, staying six feet away from people, wearing a mask, and staying home if you feel ill).

Please know that ANYTIME we leave the house we are increasing our RISK of coming into contact with COVID-19.

Hand Sanitizer Health Alert

 

The CDC and FDA are warning consumers and health care providers that there has been a  sharp increase in hand sanitizer products  labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice if you have swallowed a hand sanitizer product or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use of these products that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol),

  2. Stop using any hand sanitizers that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list because using these methanol-containing products may result in serious adverse health events (e.g., blindness and death), and

  3. NEVER swallow hand sanitizer and only use it for its intended purpose.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

To clarify, we want to remind everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol). And be sure the hand sanitizer you’re using is NOT on the FDA’s recall list.

June 25, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,195 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,195
Recovered 608
Deaths 120

Health Department Navigates Reopening for Regular Services Amid Continued Pandemic Response

The laboratory will welcome back clients beginning Monday, July 6, for by-appointment-only drug testing. Those requiring this service are being instructed to call the health department at (989) 758-3825, ext. 4 or check Facebook for daily instructions about scheduling appointments online.

Only one client at a time will be allowed to enter the building, except for minors who need to be accompanied by a legal adult. Masks are required to enter the building and all visitors will be screened.

Throughout the shutdown, health department staff has balanced Zoom appointments with clients, answering questions and providing guidance on the COVID-19 hotlines — AND contact tracing positive COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 has been an “all hands on deck” crisis that continues. So navigating back to regular services is challenging given our limited resources. Our re-opening, like so many other businesses, will be gradual, thoughtful, well-planned and safe.

The dedicated individuals on this staff are among the true heroes of the pandemic and we ask that you join us in thanking them for their dedication during unprecedented times. If you’d like to send a note of thanks, please send it to cvasquez@saginawcounty.org.

June 24, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,187 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,187
Recovered 600
Deaths 120

The rise in recovered cases is always encouraging. While we are seeing a slight uptick in daily cases from 3.4 to 5.3 percent, our positivity rate (the number of positive cases among those tested) is still good.

As you know, some states are seeing large increases in cases. These should be a wake-up call for us. We need the Saginaw community – even as we re-open more and more – to remain vigilant in wearing masks, washing hands, covering our coughs, maintaining social distance, and staying home if we feel sick. COVID-19 is not gone, and we must – as a community – work together to prevent the spread until a treatment or vaccine is available.

June 23, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,172 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,172
Recovered 535
Deaths 117

 

This Week's Facebook Live Event

The Saginaw County Health Department invites you to join them again for a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Appearing with them this week will be Dr. Nicholas Haddad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, CIC, an infectious disease specialist with CMU Health. The topic will be vaccines and the processes in place for vaccine development for COVID-19. They hope to answer questions many people have about timing for a vaccine, prioritization for vaccine distribution, mass vaccination efforts, impact – if any – on flu vaccinations and more.

Find Them On Facebook >

June 11, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,120 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,120
Recovered 362
Deaths 114

 

Testing Expands Again for Anyone Who Wants It

This week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) expanded testing criteria once again. At this point, anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19 can go to the drive-thru sampling site at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers at 501 Lapeer Street at no cost, with no doctor’s order required.

Rite Aid on State Street in Saginaw is also doing testing through riteaid.com.

We STRONGLY encourage anyone considering testing to first talk to a primary care provider for guidance. Negative results do not mean that you may not still contract COVID-19. Diagnostic testing will provide results on whether active infection is present or not within your body. You could still develop disease or get exposed in the days or weeks after your test. With that being said, even with a negative test result everyone should remain vigilant in following good prevention habits including:

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if you are in public places wear a face covering to protect others around you

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces in and around your home, workspace, vehicles, and other common areas, and  

  • Abide by the governor's Stay Home Stay/Safe Order and if you feel sick, make sure to isolate yourself from others.

 

As always anyone who is experiencing symptoms should definitely first consult with their primary care provider to discuss testing, isolation, and treatment options.

June 9, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,111 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,111
Recovered 331
Deaths 112

Data Analysis Sheds Light on County’s COVID-19 Response

Thanks to our access this summer to a graduate student studying epidemiology at the Michigan State University, we are getting much-needed analysis of our COVID-19 data and will be sharing it with you as it becomes available.

As of the end of May 2020, the data depicts:

  • 33% of our positive cases came from congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, hospice facilities)

  • However, these cases represented approximately 20% of our county’s deaths.

  • 20% of our positive cases came from health care workers. Of these, 68% had known health care contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • While Saginaw County has yet to display the racial disparity seen in other parts of the state as it relates to COVID-19, our numbers do reveal that while African Americans make up 19% of the county demographically, nearly 28% tested positive for the disease. Many of the earliest cases were among residents in the City of Saginaw. But countywide, less than 17% of all COVID-19 related deaths have been African Americans.

  • Central Michigan University is currently undertaking a study to examine why racial disparity was not as apparent here in Saginaw County as it has been statewide. We believe some of the factors may include:

    • Early testing – Saginaw County was among the first county to send testing samples to the State Lab for testing and has continued to expand testing efforts with many community partners

    • Buy-in from entire health care system – we had all hospitals at the table early to collaborate and coordinate efforts related to testing, PPE, safety protocol and standards of care

    • Our efforts to stay home/stay safe resulted in our hospital system never being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases

    • The health department’s accessibility and communications with providers, schools, and businesses provided much-needed guidance for decision-making and safety precautions

    • Our Emergency Management Plan is sound and was successfully implemented

June 5, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,083 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,083
Recovered 331
Deaths 110

Crime Prevention Council Releases Letter

 

Saginaw’s Crime Prevention Council – of which the Saginaw County Health Department is a member – released a letter today to the media. We think it speaks volumes about the organizations involved in the council and their stance on police brutality, oaths of office, and equity from all aspects!

As your local health department, we ALWAYS advocate for equity, especially as it relates to health and wellness. In times like these, when in some parts of the state a pandemic affects one population more than others, it brings to light health disparities that public health fights continuously and passionately.

Saginaw County has yet to see racial disparity in our COVID-19 numbers. For that, we are grateful. In the coming weeks, you will learn more about our data as we benefit from the work of a volunteer epidemiologic graduate student. We will also be asking you to advocate strongly for adequate funding to build a more robust public health system to ensure that Saginaw County prevents disease, prolongs life, and promotes health FOR ALL.

 

June 3, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,060 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,060
Recovered 321
Deaths 109

 

COVID-19 Testing Available to All

he David R. Gamez Great Lakes Bay Health Center at 501 Lapeer Avenue in Saginaw is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are no longer symptom or physician order requirements to be tested at this site. Sample collection is free for anyone living in Michigan, but identification and insurance cards (if available) are required. Those without health insurance can still be tested.

Drive-through or walk-up testing is available. Nasal swabs are taken outside in a tent or while seated in your vehicle. Results are communicated back within a few days.

In addition, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers is hosting a testing event in Buena Vista Charter Township next week. Testing will be conducted in the Town Green Park (next to Sav-A-Lot) on  Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or for as long as testing supplies last.

May 22, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 978 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 978
Recovered 247
Deaths 104

 

Celebrating Memorial Day in 2020
 

Memorial Day Weekend is Michigan’s official welcome to summer. It’s a popular time for traveling up north, hosting family barbeques, and gathering for parades and neighborhood celebrations. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend 2020 is happening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – and historic flooding -- as our state is still officially under Stay Home/Stay Safe orders.
 
So what does that mean for us here in Saginaw County?
 
It means we’re still washing our hands frequently, cleaning commonly used surfaces, wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, and going out for essential purposes like work (for some), groceries, and gasoline.
 
As of yesterday, Governor Whitmer is allowing small gatherings of 10 people or less, as long as participants are outside and practice social distancing.
 

Remember:

  • Stay outside

  • Keep your distance

  • Keep your hands clean

  • Wear a mask if possible 
     

So, in the spirit of safer gatherings, here are some suggestions to celebrate Memorial Day and honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty:

  • Have a special patriotic-themed cookout and play yard games. End the evening with a campfire/fire pit and s’mores

  • Relax by your pool if it’s open and ready

  • Create your own drive-in theater in the backyard or driveway, playing old favorite movies to honor your favorite veteran

  • Use sidewalk chalk to create a patriotic thank-you message on your driveway

  • Organize a socially distant “parade” and drive creatively decorated vehicles through the neighborhood

  • Make your home a vacation destination with red/white/blue or tropical decorations

  • Make a donation to an organization that supports veterans

Please remember, it is up to each of us to do our part in this fight against COVID-19. In protecting ourselves and our families, we protect each other. 
 
To ensure your safety, remember these tips:

  • Be careful when grilling

  • Wear seat belts if traveling

  • Operate all watercraft as they are intended and wear life jackets

  • Maintain social distancing both in and out of water

  • Don’t share snorkels or goggles

  • Avoid contact of any kind with water in the Bad River, Shiawassee River and Saginaw River as recent heavy rains have resulted in the discharge of untreated sewage into them
     

Due to flooding:

  • Stay away from all puddles, rivers and streams

  • Do NOT attempt to drive vehicles around road barriers for road closures

  • Stay away from downed power lines

  • Stay away from stray or wild animals, and do not touch dead animals

  • Never use electrical equipment in wet areas, and

  • Do not let children go outdoors alone

May 20, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 962 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 962
Recovered 231
Deaths 100

 

Flood Advisory and Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

We are incredibly saddened and concerned that floods are now added to the list of potential health hazards for our county as we battle COVID-19. However, the recent heavy rains have resulted in the discharge of untreated sewage into the North Branch of the Bad River. Elevated levels of E. coli bacteria can be expected as the plume of sewage flows to the Shiawassee River through the State Game Area and National Wildlife Refuge to the Saginaw River.
 
We are advising people to avoid contact with water in these rivers until further notice. Swimming, wading, or any type of water recreation that could cause water to be swallowed or get into the mouth, nose or eyes is NOT recommended and can be a health hazard. Avoid direct skin contact if possible and immediately wash with soap and clean water if exposed.
 
We are also urging residents to be safe during and after flooding by doing the following:

  • Stay away from puddles, rivers and streams

  • Do NOT attempt to drive vehicles around road barriers for road closures

  • Stay away from downed power lines

  • Stay away from stray or wild animals, and do not touch dead animals

  • Never use electrical equipment in wet areas, and

  • Do not let children go outdoors alone

 

Any residents that evacuate need to be mindful to stay safe from COVID-19 by washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, isolating as much as possible when sick, avoiding touching your face, avoiding those who are sick, and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. It is also important to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between yourself and others.
 
Residents that need to seek a shelter location should remain vigilant and wear face covers or masks, make sure to perform frequent handwashing and to social distance in the shelters. Shelters will be making every effort possible to adhere to these prevention strategies.

May 18, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 933 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 933
Recovered 212
Deaths 98


Wednesday's Facebook Live Event

Wednesday, May 20, the Saginaw County Health Department will hold their fourth Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. to answer questions from media and the public. Their special guest will be psychiatrist Dr. Furhut Jassen who will help address growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and mental health needs in our county. Dr. Jassen will help viewers understand the impact of quarantine on stress, adjustment disorder, depression and anxiety as well as steps for knowing when and how to get help if needed.

May 15, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 880 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 880
Recovered 212
Deaths 94


Guide for Reopening Businesses


With more businesses opening and planning for gradual reopening, the following will help provide an overview for owners and managers. A complete toolkit will be available next week.

May 13, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 852 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 852
Recovered 183
Deaths 89

May 12, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 832 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 832
Recovered 173
Deaths 86


We know many of you are wondering why Saginaw has more cases and deaths than surrounding counties in the region. In addition to the fact that we have a larger population and a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities, we have two major health systems and six testing sites in Saginaw. That capacity to test is one factor that may likely be driving up our numbers.
 
You may also be asking if the Stay Home/Stay Safe order issued by our governor is even working in Saginaw County. We want to assure you that it is. Our early modeling predicted a much more dire situation. By doing nothing but business as usual, we estimated nearly 3,000 deaths from this pandemic in our county alone. Eighty-six is still 86 too many. But our efforts to stay home whenever possible to minimize the spread and protect one another – especially our most vulnerable populations – has been critical. And it remains so.
 
Have we peaked? We are not willing to say so just yet. Regardless of what’s happening in southeast Michigan, COVID-19 came here later and we can expect our peak to be later. We are watching the data closely and see some encouraging signs, but we simply don’t know for sure yet.
 
We know folks are getting restless, the weather is getting nicer, and people want to return to normal. But we simply can’t abandon caution. In fact, the health department will continue promoting our #StayHomeSaginaw program for the foreseeable future. Even as people return to work and businesses gradually re-open, we want people to be mindful of limiting exposure by going out only when necessary, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and practicing meticulous hand washing and other health hygiene.
 
COVID-19 is not going away. It has achieved what we call “community spread.” In other words, you are as likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when we go to the store or go out and get gas as we are if we come into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient. It’s here in our community, and we need to remain committed to preventing its spread and protecting one another.

July 6, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,284 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,284
Recovered 695
Deaths 120

As we look at our data, we are pleased to see no new deaths for several days. This is encouraging.

What is concerning over the course of the past two weeks is an increase in the average number of contacts per positive case of COVID-10. It has risen from 2.52 contacts/case to 4.34 which means that cases are having more direct contact with others as people continue to leave their homes.  This underscores the need to stay vigilant in practicing prevention (hand washing, covering coughs, staying six feet away from people, wearing a mask, and staying home if you feel ill).

Please know that ANYTIME we leave the house we are increasing our RISK of coming into contact with COVID-19.

Hand Sanitizer Health Alert

 

The CDC and FDA are warning consumers and health care providers that there has been a  sharp increase in hand sanitizer products  labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice if you have swallowed a hand sanitizer product or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use of these products that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list (https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol),

  2. Stop using any hand sanitizers that are on the “FDA’s testing and manufacturer’s recalls” list because using these methanol-containing products may result in serious adverse health events (e.g., blindness and death), and

  3. NEVER swallow hand sanitizer and only use it for its intended purpose.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

To clarify, we want to remind everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol). And be sure the hand sanitizer you’re using is NOT on the FDA’s recall list.

June 25, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,195 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,195
Recovered 608
Deaths 120

Health Department Navigates Reopening for Regular Services Amid Continued Pandemic Response

The laboratory will welcome back clients beginning Monday, July 6, for by-appointment-only drug testing. Those requiring this service are being instructed to call the health department at (989) 758-3825, ext. 4 or check Facebook for daily instructions about scheduling appointments online.

Only one client at a time will be allowed to enter the building, except for minors who need to be accompanied by a legal adult. Masks are required to enter the building and all visitors will be screened.

Throughout the shutdown, health department staff has balanced Zoom appointments with clients, answering questions and providing guidance on the COVID-19 hotlines — AND contact tracing positive COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 has been an “all hands on deck” crisis that continues. So navigating back to regular services is challenging given our limited resources. Our re-opening, like so many other businesses, will be gradual, thoughtful, well-planned and safe.

The dedicated individuals on this staff are among the true heroes of the pandemic and we ask that you join us in thanking them for their dedication during unprecedented times. If you’d like to send a note of thanks, please send it to cvasquez@saginawcounty.org.

June 24, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,187 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,187
Recovered 600
Deaths 120

The rise in recovered cases is always encouraging. While we are seeing a slight uptick in daily cases from 3.4 to 5.3 percent, our positivity rate (the number of positive cases among those tested) is still good.

As you know, some states are seeing large increases in cases. These should be a wake-up call for us. We need the Saginaw community – even as we re-open more and more – to remain vigilant in wearing masks, washing hands, covering our coughs, maintaining social distance, and staying home if we feel sick. COVID-19 is not gone, and we must – as a community – work together to prevent the spread until a treatment or vaccine is available.

June 23, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,172 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,172
Recovered 535
Deaths 117

 

This Week's Facebook Live Event

The Saginaw County Health Department invites you to join them again for a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Appearing with them this week will be Dr. Nicholas Haddad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, CIC, an infectious disease specialist with CMU Health. The topic will be vaccines and the processes in place for vaccine development for COVID-19. They hope to answer questions many people have about timing for a vaccine, prioritization for vaccine distribution, mass vaccination efforts, impact – if any – on flu vaccinations and more.

Find Them On Facebook >

June 11, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,120 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,120
Recovered 362
Deaths 114

 

Testing Expands Again for Anyone Who Wants It

This week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) expanded testing criteria once again. At this point, anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19 can go to the drive-thru sampling site at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers at 501 Lapeer Street at no cost, with no doctor’s order required.

Rite Aid on State Street in Saginaw is also doing testing through riteaid.com.

We STRONGLY encourage anyone considering testing to first talk to a primary care provider for guidance. Negative results do not mean that you may not still contract COVID-19. Diagnostic testing will provide results on whether active infection is present or not within your body. You could still develop disease or get exposed in the days or weeks after your test. With that being said, even with a negative test result everyone should remain vigilant in following good prevention habits including:

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if you are in public places wear a face covering to protect others around you

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces in and around your home, workspace, vehicles, and other common areas, and  

  • Abide by the governor's Stay Home Stay/Safe Order and if you feel sick, make sure to isolate yourself from others.

 

As always anyone who is experiencing symptoms should definitely first consult with their primary care provider to discuss testing, isolation, and treatment options.

June 9, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,111 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,111
Recovered 331
Deaths 112

Data Analysis Sheds Light on County’s COVID-19 Response

Thanks to our access this summer to a graduate student studying epidemiology at the Michigan State University, we are getting much-needed analysis of our COVID-19 data and will be sharing it with you as it becomes available.

As of the end of May 2020, the data depicts:

  • 33% of our positive cases came from congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, hospice facilities)

  • However, these cases represented approximately 20% of our county’s deaths.

  • 20% of our positive cases came from health care workers. Of these, 68% had known health care contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • While Saginaw County has yet to display the racial disparity seen in other parts of the state as it relates to COVID-19, our numbers do reveal that while African Americans make up 19% of the county demographically, nearly 28% tested positive for the disease. Many of the earliest cases were among residents in the City of Saginaw. But countywide, less than 17% of all COVID-19 related deaths have been African Americans.

  • Central Michigan University is currently undertaking a study to examine why racial disparity was not as apparent here in Saginaw County as it has been statewide. We believe some of the factors may include:

    • Early testing – Saginaw County was among the first county to send testing samples to the State Lab for testing and has continued to expand testing efforts with many community partners

    • Buy-in from entire health care system – we had all hospitals at the table early to collaborate and coordinate efforts related to testing, PPE, safety protocol and standards of care

    • Our efforts to stay home/stay safe resulted in our hospital system never being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases

    • The health department’s accessibility and communications with providers, schools, and businesses provided much-needed guidance for decision-making and safety precautions

    • Our Emergency Management Plan is sound and was successfully implemented

June 3, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 1,060 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 1,060
Recovered 321
Deaths 109

 

COVID-19 Testing Available to All

he David R. Gamez Great Lakes Bay Health Center at 501 Lapeer Avenue in Saginaw is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are no longer symptom or physician order requirements to be tested at this site. Sample collection is free for anyone living in Michigan, but identification and insurance cards (if available) are required. Those without health insurance can still be tested.

Drive-through or walk-up testing is available. Nasal swabs are taken outside in a tent or while seated in your vehicle. Results are communicated back within a few days.

In addition, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers is hosting a testing event in Buena Vista Charter Township next week. Testing will be conducted in the Town Green Park (next to Sav-A-Lot) on  Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or for as long as testing supplies last.

May 15, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 880 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 880
Recovered 212
Deaths 94


Guide for Reopening Businesses


With more businesses opening and planning for gradual reopening, the following will help provide an overview for owners and managers. A complete toolkit will be available next week.

May 13, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 852 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Here are the numbers:

Positive 852
Recovered 183
Deaths 89

May 12, 2020

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department has been informed that 832 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Here are the numbers:

Positive 832
Recovered 173
Deaths 86


We know many of you are wondering why Saginaw has more cases and deaths than surrounding counties in the region. In addition to the fact that we have a larger population and a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities, we have two major health systems and six testing sites in Saginaw. That capacity to test is one factor that may likely be driving up our numbers.
 
You may also be asking if the Stay Home/Stay Safe order issued by our governor is even working in Saginaw County. We want to assure you that it is. Our early modeling predicted a much more dire situation. By doing nothing but business as usual, we estimated nearly 3,000 deaths from this pandemic in our county alone. Eighty-six is still 86 too many. But our efforts to stay home whenever possible to minimize the spread and protect one another – especially our most vulnerable populations – has been critical. And it remains so.
 
Have we peaked? We are not willing to say so just yet. Regardless of what’s happening in southeast Michigan, COVID-19 came here later and we can expect our peak to be later. We are watching the data closely and see some encouraging signs, but we simply don’t know for sure yet.
 
We know folks are getting restless, the weather is getting nicer, and people want to return to normal. But we simply can’t abandon caution. In fact, the health department will continue promoting our #StayHomeSaginaw program for the foreseeable future. Even as people return to work and businesses gradually re-open, we want people to be mindful of limiting exposure by going out only when necessary, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and practicing meticulous hand washing and other health hygiene.
 
COVID-19 is not going away. It has achieved what we call “community spread.” In other words, you are as likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when we go to the store or go out and get gas as we are if we come into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient. It’s here in our community, and we need to remain committed to preventing its spread and protecting one another.

UPDATE for Saginaw County 10/22/2020

 

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 3,350 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 3,350 (+70 from yesterday)
Recovered 1897 (unchanged from yesterday)
Deaths 147 (+2 from yesterday) 

 

CDC Redefines "Close Contact"

For months, we have been saying a “close contact” means spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
 
Yesterday, the CDC changed the definition to a “total of 15 minutes” – meaning shorter, but repeated encounters within 6 feet that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period now count.

For example, close contact with a COVID-19 positive person could occur with 3 different encounters lasting just 5 minutes over 24 hours...or 5 different encounters within less than 6 feet for just 3 minutes over 24 hours...or 15 1-minute encounters. The key take-away is consistent with our guidance since the beginning –  WATCH YOUR DISTANCE. Stay six feet away from others outside your household at all times. And, if you do come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive case, please quarantine for two weeks.

 

Key Takeaways from Wednesday's Facebook Live for Parents With Sick Kids

This is the year to prevent the spread of ALL illnesses -- whether colds, flu, stomach bugs, or COVID-19 -- and not "push through it" like we're accustomed to doing with mild illnesses. That means when a kid wakes up feeling under the weather, they need to STAY HOME -- two scary words for working parents.

If your child has sniffles, new or worsening cough, congestion, fever, vomiting or diarrhea, call your doctor about what happens next to rule out COVID-19 or other illnesses. There are reliable tests to quickly confirm flu or RSV. And if allergies are to blame, doctors need to treat those and provide a note parents can give schools and day care facilities for peace of mind.

That said, having a back-up plan for home care is REALLY important for working parents!  The contingency plan needs to cover every eventuality -- from keeping kids home for a few days for a cold and sniffles...to as many as 14 days for quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.

"I know this is a lousy situation," said Mary D. Moore, MD, an associate professor pediatrics at CMU Health in Saginaw and today's special guest. "And it's okay to say it's lousy."

But it's a reality some families will face:

  • With kids in school and athletics

  • As the weather gets cold and we head indoors where sharing germs is easier

  • Because more and more people are putting themselves in situations where they can be exposed to COVID-19

  • Since some exposed people put others at risk by not quarantining for 14 days

  • As we gather for holidays with friends and family we don't live with on a regular basis

 

Dr. Moore believes we are in the third peak of COVID-19 in the United States and cautioned listeners to keep practicing the 3 Ws: wash your hand, wear your masks, and watch your distance. At the same time, she provided a some perspective on COVID-19 for children in Saginaw County:

  • 12% of our positive cases involve children

  • 0 deaths among children

  • More girls than boys have been infected 

  • Boys, however, have had more severe cases

  • Only 5 children have been hospitalized since March for COVID-19

  • Most kids who get COVID-19 have symptoms but only mild ones 

  • In general, our local kids are fairing well

  • Schools are doing their very best to keep students and staff healthy and have kept outbreaks to a minimum

 

"It's a stressful time," Dr. Moore said. "This is not over. We're maybe half-way through this pandemic. It will take a while for a vaccine to go to everyone, so we need to prepare for a marathon and help each other along." She encourages families to stop "doom scrolling," stay active, lean on faith, help others, enjoy pets, rely on humor, and take breaks when needed. 

 

Upcoming FB live events will focus on more guidance for the holidays and new developments in COVID-19 testing so you can know what kind of test you're getting and what it does and doesn't tell you.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe.

Christina Harrington, MPH
Health Officer

Delicia Pruitt, MD
Medical Director

UPDATE for Saginaw County 10/20/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 3,260 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 3,260 (+25 from yesterday)
Recovered 1893 (+12 from yesterday)
Deaths 144 

Response to Uptick in Cases

 

We are receiving lots of questions about Saginaw County’s recent uptick in daily new cases, including 116 new cases over the weekend plus another 25 today. 

Based on our case investigations, we don’t see any one event or location linking our new cases together. Outbreaks in schools and businesses are minimal. The likely cause is more and more people putting themselves in situations where they can be exposed to the virus, and exposed people putting others at risk by not quarantining for 14 days. 
 
We understand that people are anxious to go back to normal life, like before COVID-19, and may be relaxing their safety precautions. But that doesn’t mean the virus has gone away or those at high risk of exposure should be lax. We need people to understand that when they get exposed to COVID-19, they need to quarantine themselves for 14 days to prevent the further spread of the disease. Whether exposed to COVID-19 at work, at a gathering, at home, or at school, people need to STAY HOME and STAY AWAY from others. We’re coming out of hiding more, leaving our homes for a multitude of essential and non-essential reasons or opening our homes to people we don’t routinely live with, and all this bears risk.
 
Now is precisely the time to remain vigilant on washing hands, wearing masks, and watching our distance – particularly as the weather gets colder and we move our activities back indoors – and continue to limit indoor gatherings as ordered.

Facebook Live Tomorrow Focuses on Guidance for Parents With Sick Kids

Every working parent dreads those mornings when you wake up to face a full day and instead find a flushed, feverish, snotty nose kid at the breakfast table. This year, the stress of trying to figure out what to do with a sick kid is further amplified by the fear of not knowing if it's COVID-19 or some other less threatening illness like a cold or allergies. And how do you know the difference when symptoms are the same?

That's the topic of tomorrow's Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. We will be joined by Mary D. Moore, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at CMU Health in Saginaw, to talk about the stress of illness — allergies, colds, flu and “regular” illnesses during a pandemic, what to do to rule out or confirm COVID-19, and how to handle school requirements.

Remember, 2020 is NOT the year for perfect school attendance! It IS the year for creating a Plan B contingency plan for handling sick kids that need to stay home. Tune in to learn more.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe.

Christina Harrington, MPH
Health Officer

Delicia Pruitt, MD
Medical Director

UPDATE for Saginaw County 10/8/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2,947 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2,947 (+19 from yesterday)
Recovered 1835 (+3 from yesterday)
Deaths 139 

Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Executive Orders

We are working closely with other local health departments in Michigan to make sure recent public health orders issued from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on October 5 are implemented consistently across the state.
 
MDHHS issued the order -- under the broad Michigan public health code -- to replace those previously issued by Governor Whitmer but ruled unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court. That code grants authority to public health entities to issue epidemic orders to control the spread of disease.

 

Mask Giveaway a Success!

Your Saginaw County Health Department worked hard yesterday afternoon and evening to provide free masks and emergency preparedness kits to county residents. We exhausted our supplies and estimate safely interacting with 500 happy customers. 

Thank you for helping us promote the event and bring this opportunity to so many.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe.

Christina Harrington, MPH
Health Officer

Delicia Pruitt, MD
Medical Director

UPDATE for Saginaw County 10/6/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2,915 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2,915 (+17 from yesterday)
Recovered 1803 (+23 from yesterday)
Deaths 139 (+2 from yesterday)

Need Help Deciphering New Orders?

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services issued new orders yesterday. We'll be talking more about this in the near future.

We encourage you to refer to www.mistartmap.info, the Saginaw County Health Department website at www.saginawpublichealth.org and our Facebook page. We continue to post timely information and videos to answer some of the most urgent questions we are receiving from partners and the public.


Be well. Stay home. Stay safe.

Christina Harrington, MPH
Health Officer

Delicia Pruitt, MD
Medical Director

UPDATE for Saginaw County 9/30/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2798 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2798 (+13 from yesterday)
Recovered 1770 (+1 from yesterday)
Deaths 136

Guidance for Halloween 2020

Much like deciding whether or not to send your children to in-person learning at school or keep them home for remote learning, Halloween 2020 requires an informed, personal decision based on your family dynamics and health history. Each family must weigh the risks for themselves. 
 
The Saginaw County Health Department is providing guidance to help ensure the only thing scary about Halloween is the costumes. Consider this when making your informed choice:

  • Any time you leave your home, there is risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Weigh the risks every time you go out.

  • Do you have loved ones with underlying health conditions that make it not worth the added risk of trick-or-treating? 

  • Are neighbors considerate about wearing masks and maintaining social distance?

  • Are your children responsible enough to keep masks on and maintain social distance?

  • Do you live in a quiet neighborhood or a high-traffic one where people from all around the area come to trick-or-treat? 

  • Are there alternative activities that your children would enjoy just as much as trick-or-treating?

Stay safe by reading our fact sheet with tips for trick-or-treaters, parents, and homeowners. 

And remember, if you plan on hosting a gathering, it must follow the new Executive Order 2020-183, social distancing should be maintained, cloth masks should be worn and food and party favors should be set out individually to prevent cross contamination.

Mask Giveaway on October 7

Wearing a mask can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by 70%. Along with washing your hands and watching your distance, wearing your mask is a simple action to protect yourself and your community.

And we don't want cost or access to masks to be a barrier. So, with the help of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, corporations and nonprofit sponsors, the Saginaw County Health Department is hosting a mask giveaway:
 
Wednesday, October 7
4-6 p.m.
Saginaw County Health Department Parking Lot
1600 N. Michigan Avenue (across from Covenant)
 
Those picking up masks will remain in their vehicles and drive thru to receive a mask packet (while supplies last).
 
Special guests will be Alpha Media and the U.S. Census Bureau.

This Week's Facebook Live Event

The upcoming public millage was the topic of today's FB Live event. We were joined by Melinda Shriner, APR, from The Barckholtz Group, who has been assisting us throughout the pandemic with public information. As a county resident, voter, and taxpayer, Melinda challenged us to answer important questions about the millage. We encourage you to view the replay as this hour-long format allowed us to fully explain all the information contained in the mailer going out to all county registered voters this week. 

In addition to our millage discussion, we also talked briefly about the meaning and importance of "quarantine" as a strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Our weekly update included some perspective on the uptick in cases over the weekend and last few days -- primarily attributed to school/university settings. We also showed listeners the state's website where outbreaks are posted. Currently we have small outbreaks in Frankenmuth and at SVSU.

Again, we encourage you to use our FB Live recordings as a reference for all things COVID-19 related. 

UPDATE for Saginaw County 9/29/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2785 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2785 (+16 from yesterday)
Recovered 1769 (+11 from yesterday)
Deaths 136 (+1 from yesterday) 

What Does it Mean to "Quarantine"

We continue to answer questions and provide guidance to residents, schools, and businesses about the meaning of and purpose for quarantine.

In short, it is critical for people to understand that if you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact, you will be asked to quarantine. This means:

  • Stay home for 14 days.

  • Separate yourself from others, including those who live with you in your home. 

  • Monitor your health and watch for symptoms. 

  • Follow directions from your local or state health department. 

Quarantining is effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before you know you’re sick or if you are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Quarantine needs to last 14 days, even if you test negative for COVID-19. 

While in quarantine you MUST NOT:

  • Have visitors, gatherings, or play dates when any member of the household is in quarantine.

  • Leave the house unless absolutely necessary for medical care or to obtain essential items.

  • Return to work or school until your quarantine period is done and you are symptom free (unless you are a healthcare worker or other exempt worker).

  • Attend outside functions like dance class, athletic practice or game, gym, book club, or church

Public Health Millage Communications

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming public health millage, there are several opportunities coming in the near future.

This week – registered voters in the county will receive an educational mailer in their mailboxes.

 

Tomorrow – our weekly Facebook Live event will focus on the millage: what it will cost, what it pays for, why it's necessary. We invite questions to be submitted beforehand or to be posted in the comments section during the event.

As always, our website at saginawpublichealth.org contains information that explains our services, the millage, and resources for the community.

Governor's Executive Orders Impact Yet-to-Be-Reopened Businesses, Gatherings, and Young Children 

Beginning October 9, indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more can all start to reopen, according to new orders from Governor Whitmer as part of her incremental reopening strategy. 

Under the order, theaters can open with a capacity limited to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity with a maximum of 500 in the state's largest venues.

Non-residential outdoor gatherings and events are no longer limited to 100 people. Instead, the capacity limit is 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent fixed seating capacity with a maximum of 1,000 people.

In addition, the governor changed prior orders that recommended but did not require face coverings for younger children. Beginning October 5, masks will be be a requirement for students in our region between kindergarten and 5th grade. 

If you have any questions about interpreting these new orders, please call our COVID-19 Hotline at (989) 758-3828.

 

Mask Giveaway on October 7

Wearing a mask can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by 70%. Along with washing your hands and watching your distance, wearing your mask is a simple action to protect yourself and your community.

And we don't want cost or access to masks to be a barrier. So, with the help of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, corporations and nonprofit sponsors, the Saginaw County Health Department is hosting a mask giveaway:
 
Wednesday, October 7
4-6 p.m.
Saginaw County Health Department Parking Lot
1600 N. Michigan Avenue (across from Covenant)
 
Those picking up masks will remain in their vehicles and drive thru to receive a mask packet (while supplies last).
 
Special guests will be Alpha Media and the U.S. Census Bureau.

UPDATE for Saginaw County 9/24/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2704 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2704 (+7 from yesterday)
Recovered 1720 (+31 from yesterday)
Deaths 135

 

Changes to mistartmap.info

We often refer to mistartmap.info for trending data for the state as well as our region and county. Yesterday, this valuable tool took on a new look with shades of blue and purple and new risk level categories in letters.

Based on what we analyzed yesterday (which was data through Sept. 17), Saginaw County and our surrounding region are now classified as a "C" for risk in the mid-range purple shading. Previously, based on our daily new cases and positivity rates, we were considered high risk in red.

It is encouraging to see a one-week decline in our daily new cases and a much lower positivity rate of 2.9%. With 3-4 weeks into the academic year, it's clear that working closely with our schools and universities is making a difference. Our school districts are doing a good job reducing the risk of spread. And with all the media focus on exploding case counts at our state colleges and universities, SVSU is doing extremely well with just 4 active cases since yesterday.

Public Health Millage Communications

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming public health millage, there are several opportunities coming in the near future.

Friday, Sept. 25 – we will be appearing on the Art Lewis Show at 10am.

Week of Sept. 28 – registered voters in the county will receive an educational mailer in their mailboxes.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 – our weekly Facebook Live event will focus on the millage: what it will cost, what it pays for, why it's necessary. We invite questions to be submitted beforehand or to be posted in the comments section during the event.

As always, our website at saginawpublichealth.org contains information that explains our services, the millage, and resources for the community.

This Week's Facebook Live Event

Again, we hosted our regular weekly Facebook Live event at 10am yesterday. Our special guest was Angelia Williams, special projects director, at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers -- a valuable testing partner that has been working with us from the start of the pandemic...and continues today.

On March 20, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers set up a walk-up/drive-thru sampling location at their 501 Lapeer location in downtown Saginaw, and they have kept it going for 124 days through snow, sleet, drizzle, thunderstorms, and soaring heat wave. To date, they've completed nearly 11,000 COVID-19 tests free for our community (along with several other communities) and provided a hotline to help residents connect with information and testing.

In addition, over the summer they orchestrated several pop-up testing locations to help residents with transportation barriers. More are planned for fall.

We encourage you to watch the event to learn more about testing and the exceptional commitment Great Lakes Bay Health has to our community.

UPDATE for Saginaw County 9/21/2020

 

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2687 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2687 (+25 from Friday)
Recovered 1622 (+3 from Friday)
Deaths 135 (+1 from Friday)

 

Resource for Outbreak Tracking

To see data about outbreaks in schools and businesses in Saginaw County, click here. The information is updated weekly based on reporting information provided by local health departments.

 

Public Health Millage FAQ

On the November 3rd ballot, voters in Saginaw County will be asked to support a public health millage proposal. Residents are asking us what the millage will cost them and what it pays for.

The proposal asks for 0.48 mills for 10 years. The total cost would not exceed $2.08 per month per $100,000 of market value of a resident's property. That's $25 annually -- less than the cost of one family dinner out. 

That modest amount will better safeguard Saginaw by paying for:

  • Sustained operation of 1-2 mobile units returning services to out-county areas and enhancing services county-wide.

  • A full-time epidemiologist to delve into Saginaw County's higher than average cancer, asthma, heart disease and mortality rates so we can work to reverse the trends.

  • Instead of ONE nurse, a team of nurses for investigation and surveillance of more than 100 diseases, including COVID-19, influenza, and Hepatitis A.

  • New equipment and increased testing capacity for the public health laboratory.

  • Enhanced public communication for reliable health information and education.

We will be guests on the Art Lewis Show this Friday at 10am to provide additional education about the millage. Also, we plan to host an educational millage forum on Wednesday, September 30, during our regularly scheduled Facebook Live event at 10am.

 

New Testing Site Opens

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has opened up a free neighborhood COVID-19 testing site at New Beginnings Deliverance Church, 2609 E. Genessee in Saginaw.

The site is open Mondays and Tuesday, 10am-5pm and Thursday, 12pm-7pm.

  • No cost

  • No prescription needed

  • No ID or insurance required (bring your insurance card if using your insurance)

  • Available to those who are asymptomatic

  • ADA compliant

  • Language interpreting services available, including ASL

  • Advance registration available by phone at 1-888-535-6136 (and press 1)

 

This Week's Facebook Live Event

We will again be hosting our regular weekly Facebook Live event at 10am on Wednesday, September 23. Our special guest will be Angelia Williams from Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, who will talk to us about their COVID-19 testing sites, upcoming pop-up test sites, and other programs designed to keep Saginaw healthy.

 

 

UPDATE for Saginaw County 9/14/2020

Cases in Saginaw Co.

As of today, Saginaw County Health Department was informed that 2618 Saginaw County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Here are the numbers:

Positive 2618 (+56)
Recovered 1531 (+44)
Deaths 131 (+2)

This Week's Facebook Live Event

Once again we will host a weekly COVID-19 update on Facebook Live on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. 

This week's special guest is Sean Egan from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to talk about MIOSHA and COVID-19.

Outdoor Visits at Residential Facilities Allowed Under New Order

Effective tomorrow, people living in residential care facilities, such as nursing homes, will be able to see visitors outdoors under a new order signed by MDHHS Director Robert Gordon that also requires precautions to protect against COVID-19.

Based in part on recommendations from Governor Whitmer's Nursing Home Preparedness Task Force, the new directive acknowledges that being with loved ones in person is important for mental health. In addition, viral spread of COVID-19 statewide in congregate living settings has declined 19%.

Outdoor visits will include precautions including mandatory masks, proper social distancing, and safety from weather elements. In addition, facilities must meet criteria such as:

  • No new COVID-19 cases with 14 days

  • Visits by appointment only

  • Two visitor maximum

  • No visits for residents in isolation or under observation for symptoms of COVID-19

The order allows local health departments to stop visitation if necessary in higher risk areas.

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