COVID19

COVID19 SERVICES UPDATE

Telehealth Services are available for medical, behavioral health and substance use disorder services. We also offer some preventive and maintenance visits in our health centers. Call (989) 742-4583 and our staff members will assist you in setting up your telehealth visit.

Dental Services are available in our Atlanta and Onaway Health Centers with  teledentistry services available. Contact our Atlanta office at (989) 785-4855 to discuss your dental needs.

Our Atlanta, Onaway, and Rogers City Pharmacies are open Monday through Friday. Curbside Pharmacy Pick-up is available!

***All Thunder Bay Community Health Service sites are open Monday- Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM.

COVID19 Testing in Atlanta, Michigan

We are working alongside the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to operate a testing site for COVID-19 at our Atlanta Health Center located at 11899 M-32.

Our Atlanta testing site is open to patients on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM and 2:00PM – 4:00 PM. Patients can call the TBCHS COVID hotline at (989)733-6827 to speak with medical staff. Patients will be triaged and screened for testing following the MDHHS guidelines.

All individuals exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call for screening. Thunder Bay offers assistance with insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured.

 

 

COVID19 Testing in Onaway, Michigan

Beginning June 17, 2020 COVID19 testing is  available at our Onaway Health Center located at 21258 M 68 Hwy.

Our Onaway testing site is open to patients on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Patients can call the TBCHS COVID hotline at (989)733-6827 to speak with medical staff. Patients will be triaged and screened for testing following the MDHHS guidelines.

All individuals exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call for screening. Thunder Bay offers assistance with insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured.

COVID19 Testing in Rogers City, Michigan

COVID19 testing has expanded into Presque Isle County with a COVID19 testing site located at our Rogers City Health Center located at 205 S. Bradley Hwy.

Our Rogers City testing site is open to patients on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Patients can call the TBCHS COVID hotline at (989)733-6827 to speak with medical staff. Patients will be triaged and screened for testing following the MDHHS guidelines.

All individuals exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call for screening. Thunder Bay offers assistance with insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured.

COVID19 Testing Procedure

TBCHS requires all patients to be screened for testing. Orders may come from any TBCHS provider who has assessed a patient via a telehealth or a face-to-face visit. An order may also come from an external provider as long as the patient has been screened by TBCHS medical staff.

If the patient is an asymptomatic essential worker, they must present their essential employee letter to the staff at the testing center to be eligible to receive a test.

COVID19 testing is $100 with a $41.00 collection fee. Patients may require an office visit which varies between $79 – $155 based on the service provided. TBCHS will assist any patient in obtaining insurance if they do not have coverage.

 

What to do after a Diagnostic Test

To get your test results, please check with your healthcare provider.

If you test POSITIVE for COVID19, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Common symptoms of COVID19 include fever, cough or other symptoms. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.

Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

The link below can be utilized for 10 things you can do to manage your COVID19 symptoms at home https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

If you test NEGATIVE for COVID19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not mean you won’t get sick later. This means you could still spread the virus. Know How to Protect Yourself and Others. You should still self-isolate at home until you are 7 days from the onset of symptoms and 3 days asymptomatic/afebrile without OTC medications.

COVID19 Antibody Testing

TBCHS provides complete COVID19 Antibody testing via a lab draw. Patients must have a provider order to be eligible to receive testing.  Test results are most accurate if the patient is 14+ days post symptom onset. Patients should check with their insurance if this is a covered lab draw for them.

Executive Orders

Although the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was lifted on 6/1/2020 we will still continue to provide essential services as outlined in the executive orders and are continuing to evaluating alternative ways to provide services while keeping our staff and patients safe . We will continue to share updates related to the Governor’s executive orders as we have them.

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