In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEMCSA is working hard to provide you with the best resources available.
State of Michigan Launches Online Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots
to Help Residents Lacking Access to Broadband Internet
LANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home.
Governor Whitmer and Headspace launch website to Offer Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic.
Read more information HERE.
To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
For a summary of what not to do, please visit Michigan’s coronavirus website HERE.
Bridge, Michigan's nonpartican, nonprofit news source has many resources for Michiganders, especially during the pandemic. Visit Bridges Website HERE.
FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination, (Click HERE to see the list). Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
FDA has identified more than two dozen hand sanitizers that are toxic when absorbed through the skin. It is urgent that this information be sent to child care providers, parents, state child care licensing offices, child care professional development agencies, and others who can disseminate this information.
Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”
FDA reminds consumers 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 one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).
FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. The agency is especially concerned with:
- The dangers of drinking any hand sanitizer under any conditions. While hand sanitizers with possible methanol contamination are more life-threatening than those that are not contaminated, FDA urges consumers not to drink any of these products.
- Certain hand sanitizers that may not contain a sufficient amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.
- Hand sanitizers that are sold or offered for sale with false and misleading, unproven claims that they can prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19, including claims that they can provide prolonged protection (e.g., for up to 24-hours).
- Products that are fraudulently marketed as “FDA-approved” since there are no hand sanitizers approved by FDA.
- Products packaged to appear as drinks, candy or liquor bottles, as well as products marketed as drinks or cocktails because their appearance could result in accidental ingestion or encourage ingestion. Children are particularly at risk with these products since ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer may be lethal in a young child.
Please see the full FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol for further information.
Resources that deal with anxiety and COVID for parents:
How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus (via PBS) (Hold Ctrl button and click on link)
Crisis Services are available for everyone in the community. A crisis is self-defined – YOU determine if it is a crisis. Learn More
Call us if an individual is…
- Experiencing out-of-control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming self or others,
- Expressing thoughts of suicide,
- Experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning, or
- You just don’t know what else to do.
The NLCMHA Warm Help Line is a non-emergency number for people who are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to speak to a mental health professional. Call 800-492-5742 during business hours for support.
MDHHS has also launched a new “warmline” operated by Certified Peer Support Specialists to aid persons with mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). Individuals calling the warmline will be provided with support by peers who have their own lived experience with mental health issues. The peers will provide wellness supports and a listening ear.
Managing Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Lifeways Community Mental Health)
DHHS Updates 4-23-20
MDHHS is able to help with the coordination when families are in crisis and they have developed a network of community partners who can help out when challenging situations arise in our communities.
Consumers Energy Updates:
Consumers Energy wants to continue to provide meaningful and timely support with utility bills and other challenges created by the pandemic. Additionally, we are here to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the attached flyer provides more information and additional resources that may be available at the state and federal levels. If there are questions or if businesses need assistance from Consumers Energy regarding bills and additional short term resources, please contact 1-800-805-0490.
One resource you’ll find is the Michigan Small Business Relief Program that has been promoted recently by many Chamber of Commerce’s and Michigan Works offices in our region. Below are the links to the three Economic Development Organization’s (EDO’s) that are serving the northeast Michigan region and can assist you further.
Otsego County Economic Alliance - Otsego, Crawford, Roscommon, Montmorency, Ogemaw and Oscoda County’s. Application deadline is Friday April 3, 2020
Target Alpena - Otsego, Crawford, Roscommon, Montmorency, Ogemaw and Oscoda County’s. Application deadline is Friday April 3, 2020
Saginaw Future - Arenac, Bay, Midland, and Saginaw County’s. Application deadline is Wednesday April 1, 2020
Consumers Energy to Suspend Shutoffs for Seniors, Low Income Customers in Wake of COVID-19.
Media Contacts: Katie Carey, 517-740-1739, or Roger Morgenstern, 517-499-6320
For more information about Consumers Energy, go to ConsumersEnergy.com.
Full News Release HERE
Get Help With Your Energy Bill HERE
Seniors Can Count On Us HERE
Michigan Works! Service Centers Now Open "By Appointment Only"
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, until further notice all Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium offices will be open by appointment only. Please call ahead.
UIA, Michigan Works! Urge Residents to Avoid Offices and Use Online Resources- Read more HERE.