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PVM Update on Coronavirus Actions

Oakland County launches at home flu shots for older adults (October 22)

Oakland County Health Division is launching a new program to vaccinate homebound residents 65 years and older for influenza in their homes beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27. Appointments are required. The Health Division’s Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 will start accepting appointments on Oct. 22.

“This important service will help remove barriers for our most at-risk residents to receive a flu shot this season,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year since both flu viruses and COVID-19 will be present in our community.”

Flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however the flu vaccination has many other benefits:

  • Helps prevent flu illness
  • Reduces risk of flu-associated hospitalizations
  • Has been shown to reduce severity of illness if you do get the flu
  • Protects you and the people around you including those more vulnerable to the disease

Public Health Nurses will visit residents’ home during a designated appointment time. Nurses can provide individuals 65 years and older a senior higher dose or regular flu shot.

“Flu vaccination is very important this year to help reduce respiratory illnesses and avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. Research is suggesting that the risk of death may double in those 60 years and older if they are infected with both flu and COVID-19,” said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director. “Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing not only to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also flu.”

Payment options include Medicare, Medicaid, most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Blue Care Network, and additional insurances. No one will be denied access to services due to lack of insurance; there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.

For up-to-date information, visit www.oakgov.com/health, follow the Health Division on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC, or call the Health Division’s Flu Shot Hotline at 800-434-3358. Nurse on Call is also available to answer questions at 800-848-5533, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Michigan Launches Dozens of Free COVID-19 Test Sites Statewide (October 19)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching new partnerships with Walgreens and the Michigan Primary Care Association to offer 77 new, free COVID-19 test sites statewide, bringing the total number of state-supported, free test sites to nearly 100.  

Michiganders can find the free test sites on the state’s locator. Sites operate in all regions of the state to ensure increased access to free testing.  

“Cost should never be a barrier to Michiganders who need health care, including COVID-19 testing,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Containing the pandemic requires robust, easily accessible, free testing – and this is a big step in the right direction.” 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Bills Into Law (October 1, 2020)

We are pleased to share this video with PVM President & CEO Roger Myers on the upcoming flu season and COVID.

Governor Whitmer Maintains Protections for Congregate Care Residents and Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic (August 28, 2020)

We are pleased to share the latest message from PVM President and CEO, Roger Myers:

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Recognizing and Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council (August 5, 2020)

Summary of Executive Orders (PDF) (July 30, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Amends MI Safe Start Order to Limit Indoor Gatherings, Save Lives (July 29, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Declaration of Emergency Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases (July 14, 2020)
After every region in Michigan saw an uptick in new COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks, Governor Gretchen Whitmer today took swift action by signing a new executive order to save lives. Executive Order 2020-151 extends the governor’s emergency and disaster declaration until August 11, 2020 at 11:59pm.

“COVID-19 has now killed more than 6,000 people in Michigan. That’s more than 6,000 of our parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. And the rising numbers we’ve seen over the past few weeks prove that this virus is still a very real threat in our state,” said Governor Whitmer. “Today, I signed new emergency and disaster declarations using independent sources of statutory authority to continue saving lives and ensure that the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis have the tools they need.”

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Governor Whitmer Takes Swift Action to Save Lives, Signs Executive Order Requiring Mask Use in all Indoor Public Spaces (July 10, 2020)

PVM Summary of Executive Orders—PDF (July 6, 2020)

Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends renewal deadline for driver’s licenses, IDs, vehicle registrations (July 1, 2020)

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan COVID-19 FAQ’s (June 29, 2020)

1. Did you have any COVID cases in your community?
To date, we have a limited number of positive cases throughout the PVM system. While one positive case is too many, our team moved swiftly to enact protocols that would help to minimize the spread of the virus.

2. What is your plan if a resident is diagnosed or presumptively diagnosed with the coronavirus?
As required by state and federal guidance, we will immediately contact the public health authorities if we learn that any individual has had direct exposure to the virus. We will enact measures deemed appropriate, such as quarantine and testing, as directed by public health authorities.

3. Do you have COVID cases now?
As COVID is still present in the state, PVM still continues to monitor and work with the residents to stay diligent in identifying positive COVID cases.

4. How are you managing COVID-19?
The health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priorities. Because COVID-19 is a novel virus, the medical community's understanding of the virus and how it is spreading is evolving. We are working closely with medical professionals to be aware of the latest developments, while we have been following recommendations of the CDC, as well as state departments of health to limit transmission of the disease. We will continue to adjust our practices as needed to protect our residents and staff as much as possible.

5. How are you handling opening various services provided at the community?
Our measured and phased approach to re-opening for PVM will vary by location and will be based on the directives from the Governor’s Executive orders and our clinical experts. Since senior living cares for the most vulnerable population, we will be among the last to begin gradually lifting the strict health, safety and social-distancing protocols currently in place. Only with the clearance of public health officials and Governor’s office will we begin to gradually and safely start re-opening our dining rooms, fitness centers and beauty salons.

6. What is your move-in protocol?
PVM has started to move-in residents at all levels of care. We have put stringent protocols in place help minimize any COVID-19 exposures.

7. Will I have to self-quarantine upon move-in?
Residents that have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or those that have been exposed to COVID-19 will be asked to initiate a 14 day self-quarantine in their apartment. The community will work with self-quarantined residents on an individual basis to develop a service delivery plan for all services during the self-quarantine period.

8. Will I need to wear a mask when I am outside my apartment?
PVM follows the recommendations of the CDC, health department, and the Executive orders from the Governor’s office. At this time when in any location on campus other than your own apartment, you are expected to wear a mask.

9. What is your visitation policy?
Executive Order 2020-136 extends the visitor restrictions to our community as outlined in Executive Order 2020-108. More specifically the executive order states:

Except as otherwise provided by the order of the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), all health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities must prohibit from entering their facilities any visitors that: are not necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of power of attorney or courtappointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care; are not a parent, foster parent, prospective adoptive parent, or guardian of an individual who is 21 years of age or under and who is under the facility’s care; are not visiting an individual under the facility’s care that is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care; and are not visiting under exigent circumstances or for the purpose of performing official governmental functions.

This means that residents must only allow essential visitors to enter their apartments.

10. Will residents and staff be tested? Is it possible that someone who is asymptomatic tests positive?
PVM encourages all residents to be tested. This gives us a current snapshot at the time of testing. Someone could still contract the virus after testing. Yes, a person can be asymptomatic and test positive. Yes, staff will be tested.

11. Are independent living residents able to leave the community?
Executive Order 2020-110 lifted the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. The order specifically states:

Michiganders are no longer required to stay home.

This means independent living residents are free to leave the campus without restrictions or quarantine requirements upon return. However, it is important to remember to take steps to prevent exposure to COVID-19 at all times. When leaving the campus practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands often.

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Enabling Remote Transactions (June 24, 2020)

Governor Whitmer’s Office Statement on 6th Circuit Court Ruling (June 24, 2020)

Free COVID-19 testing site coming to Mott Community College in Flint (June 11, 2020)

Access hosting COVID-19 testing Friday in Dearborn (June 11, 2020)

10,000 and Counting (June 1, 2020)


So many of you have been extremely generous in donating to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Because of YOU 10,000 gowns were delivered to Presbyterian Villages of Michigan to protect over 5,000 residents.

Thank YOU for being a HERO!


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Testing Sites (May 26, 2020)

Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends stay-at-home order until June 12, state of emergency until June 19 (May 22, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Permitting Early Refills for up to 90-days' Supply of Pharmaceuticals, Relaxing Regulatory Limitations on Pharmacy Operation (May 19, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Reopens Retail, Restaurants, and Offices in Upper Peninsula, Traverse City Regions (May 18, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Worker Protections as Michigan Reengages Sectors of the Economy (May 18, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Providing Relief from Tax Appeals Deadlines (May 14, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Telehealth Options for Michiganders (May 14, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Evictions (May 14, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Provides Update on COVID-19 in Michigan (May 13, 2020)
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan. Maureen Francis, president of the Michigan Realtors Association, and Rachel Lutz, owner of the Peacock Room in Detroit, joined Governor Whitmer for the press conference.

To view the PowerPoint presentation the governor and Tricia Foster used, click the link below:

5.13.20 PPT.pdf

PVM is very grateful for the families of our employees and the support they have given to their loved ones. We want to celebrate all of our graduates. Check out this special message from CEO Roger Myers. (May 13, 2020)

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Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Enhancing Hospital Capacity, Efficiency (May 12, 2020)

If you are wondering how to access a testing site for COVID-19 check out the roster we compiled which includes sites in close proximity to our PVM communities:

PVM Testing Sites by Villages (Microsoft Excel)

Governor Whitmer Provides Update on COVID-19 in Michigan (May 11, 2020)
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan. The governor's Chief Operations Officer Tricia Foster joined her at the press conference to speak about the state's testing capacity.

To view video of the governor's press conference, click here.

Executive Order 2020-77 FAQs (May 11, 2020)
The most up-to-date guidance on these and other mitigation strategies is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. This matter is rapidly evolving and MDHHS may provide updated guidance.

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Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Temporarily Extending Expiration of Driver's Licenses, State ID Cards, Vehicle Registrations (May 8, 2020)

Happy Mother's Day (May 8, 2020)
Check out a Mother’s Day message from our president & CEO, Roger Myers.

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Guideposts for Phase 2 in Oakland County (May 7, 2020)
We’ve passed the peak of COVID in the county and it’s natural to be restless about moving from the shutdown to the next phase of re-opening. I get it. The economic pain is real among our residents and business owners, and the isolation can be tough.

But the spirit of togetherness that we started with seven weeks ago must continue today as we navigate these uncharted waters. For me there are a couple of key guideposts:

  • We need to acknowledge the Stay at Home order is working. Isolating ourselves from one another played a large part in bringing our infection numbers down. We have saved lives.
  • We must follow the guidance of our public health experts and monitor the data. For example, our “test positivity” rate in Oakland County is still over 30%. If we are testing enough people, we should be below 10% to have a true sense of the spread of the virus in our community.
  • We must prioritize support for our vulnerable populations. We have worked since day one to provide meals and appropriate housing for our homeless population; that will continue. We are testing every resident and staff member at priority senior living facilities. We can’t leave anyone behind in this fight.
  • We must join together – businesses large and small – in implementing new safety procedures. We’re currently building a supply chain cooperative for personal protection equipment and putting together re-start kits to make it easier for our main street businesses, community organizations and faith community to operate.
  • We must understand that our success hinges on the confidence we build with the public. At the heart of a phased re-opening is the consumer who must feel safe as they re-engage with the economy.  We need to communicate data and a plan to the public that includes both individual safety measures as well as public and private safety measures.

It is critical that we get this right. A second spike of the virus would not only take a terrible toll on health and economic wellbeing, it will undermine public confidence in our actions.

I hope we can channel the togetherness that continues to get us through the Stay at Home period to the re-opening phase, so that we can truly be on our way to recovery.

David Coulter
Oakland County Executive

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Reopens Manufacturing as Part of her MI Safe Start Plan (May 7, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Orders Enabling Remote Transactions, Easing Fuel Tax Requirements for Transporting Essential Personnel and Supplies (May 5, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Statement on Pfizer’s Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Vaccine (May 5, 2020)

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after Pfizer Inc. announced that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in a clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19 infection. The company also announced that initial manufacturing for the COVID-19 vaccine will be conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“This is great news for our families, our neighbors, and those serving on the front lines during this crisis,” said Governor Whitmer. “COVID-19 has shown how vulnerable our country is when it comes to supply chain and much of the lifesaving materials we need are manufactured out of the country. That’s why we are so proud that one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the world is the Pfizer site right here in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In fact, Michigan has a strong history of vaccine development with the polio and anthrax vaccines. Pfizer is a great partner and the State of Michigan and our strong manufacturing roots stand ready to serve.”

Pfizer is making additional at-risk investment to actively scale up their manufacturing capacity and distribution infrastructure to bring a promising vaccine candidate to the world. The company’s clinical trial supply will be made at sites in Andover, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, Missouri, and the initial manufacturing will be conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week. The first stage of the study is taking place at four sites across the U.S. – NYU School of Medicine; University of Maryland School of Medicine; University of Rochester School of Medicine; and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, with plans to rapidly scale up the number of sites across the country as Pfizer moves into later stages of development throughout the year.

Governor Whitmer Creates the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability (May 4, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Provides Update on COVID-19 in Michigan (May 4, 2020)

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined the governor at the press conference to speak about the May 5 elections.

To view the PowerPoint the Governor used, click here

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Protecting Vulnerable Residents in Congregate Care Settings (May 3, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Safety Measures Protecting Consumers, Employees (May 2, 2020)

Update from Roger Myers, CEO (May 1, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order to Re-Open Construction & Real Estate Safely (May 1, 2020)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Announces FEMA Approval for Temporary Shelter to Homeless Michiganders Impacted by COVID-19 (May 1, 2020)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced Michigan has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide housing alternatives such as hotels and motels for homeless individuals who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The state will work with local partners to provide individual housing in hotels or other facilities to homeless individuals who:

  • Test positive for COVID-19 and need to be isolated but do not require hospitalization, including those discharged from hospitals
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 and are identified by a health care professional as needing quarantine but do not need hospitalization
  • Need individual sheltering as a precautionary measure because they belong to a high-risk group such as people over age 65 or with certain underlying health conditions

“We must do everything in our power to protect our most vulnerable populations during this ongoing public health crisis, and that includes protecting the health and safety of homeless Michiganders, no matter their circumstances,” Governor Whitmer said. “These resources will help shield homeless Michiganders most susceptible to the virus.”

The announcement follows a public health order from Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon. The public health order is required by FEMA to request approval for reimbursement. FEMA funding reimburses communities up to 75% of eligible program costs.

“Individuals who are homeless always face health risks, but the risk is so much greater because of COVID-19 — for them and for their communities,” Gordon said. “These hotel units can reduce infection rates and save lives.”

The hospitality industry and other private-sector partners will be critical in facilitating this effort. Governor Whitmer and Director Gordon sincerely thank the state’s partners in the lodging industry for the role they are playing in providing temporary shelter to these Michiganders and helping to reduce infections.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus

People: Stuck at Home? You Can Visit These 56 World-Famous Sites From Your Couch For Free (April 30, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Limiting Places of Public Accommodation During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 30, 2020)

After GOP Legislature Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on COVID-19, Governor Whitmer Signs New Executive Orders to Save Lives, Protect Michiganders (April 30, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Provides Update on COVID-19 in Michigan (April 29, 2020)

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan. Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio and Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber, who serves on the Michigan Economic Recovery Council, joined the governor at the press conference.

To view video of the governor's press conference, click here.

To view the PowerPoint presentation the governor used, click the link below:

Michigan announces plan to offer free college to essential workers (April 29, 2020)

Fox 2: Gov. Whitmer talks restarting economy in Michigan using science, safety (April 27, 2020)

Fox 2: Mich. Gov. Whitmer announces MI Safe Start, expects restrictions on construction & outdoor enterprises to loosen next (April 27, 2020)

Chamber Statement on 'Stay at Home' Extension; Strategy for Restarting the Economy (April 27, 2020)

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Validity of Personal Protection Orders During COVID-19 Pandemic (April 27, 2020)

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-63, which extends validity of existing personal protection orders that would otherwise expire during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Whitmer’s order coincides with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative order extending the validity of personal protection orders until 90 days after Michigan’s emergency declaration is lifted. The orders takes immediate effect.

“Michiganders who file for personal protection orders due to threats, stalking, and abuse should have peace of mind in their homes during the ongoing health crisis,” Governor Whitmer said. “By extending the expiration of existing personal protection orders, we are helping secure the safety of vulnerable residents as we continue to flatten the curve and plan for Michigan’s resurgence.”

Governor Whitmer’s order requires law enforcement agencies to extend the validity of personal protection orders to July 21, 2020.

“Unfortunately, these victims are particularly vulnerable to stalking and harassment—which is why they sought protection in the first place,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “Until today, victims were unable to effectively seek extensions of PPOs during this health care crisis–building upon the anxiety of an already fearful situation.”

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus

CEO Roger Myers, staff members and PVM Strong staff volunteers are doing their part to maintain Service Excellence no matter what! (April 27, 2020)

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Thank you for Your Support (April 27, 2020)
Dear PVM Stakeholders, We want to share with you an important message from Roger Myers, President & CEO of PVM. Thank you for your leadership and service. Stay safe.

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Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Suspending Scope of Practice Laws, Allowing Qualified Health Care Workers to Help Treat COVID-19 Patients (April 26, 2020)
This executive order is an extension of the governor’s previous order.

Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-61, to extend and expand Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health care facilities the flexibility they need to deploy qualified physicians, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers the ability to give the critical care needed to combat COVID-19.

“By allowing qualified, dedicated health care workers to treat COVID-19 patients we can continue to slow the spread of the virus and save lives,” said Governor Whitmer. “In these times of crisis, I am grateful for our brave health care workers who are on the front lines every day protecting our families. We will get through this together.”

The order also reinforces an existing law that protects hospitals and health care workers from liability for taking necessary steps to protect Michiganders during an emergency.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at michigan.gov/coronavirus

Governor Whitmer Imposes Safety Measures to Protect Consumers During the COVID-19 Crisis (April 26, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces (April 24, 2020)
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.

Dance for Parkinson's free exercise videos (April 24, 2020)

We would like to share this important information provided by The Senior Alliance: Advocacy Update (April 23, 2020)

Virtual Tours Online (April 20, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Creating the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities (April 20, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Orders Temporarily Suspending Evictions & Imposing Restrictions on Price Gouging (April 18, 2020)

Governor Whitmer Calls on FEMA to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for Federal Assistance in Battling COVID-19 (April 17, 2020)

Governor Whitmer and Headspace Launch 'Stay Home, Stay MIndful’ website to Offer Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic (April 17, 2020)
We would like to share with you important information that was shared at a recent press conference by Governor Whitmer regarding resources to assist with emotional strain during these times:

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Stay Home, Stay MIndful website in partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide a new mental health resource for Michiganders to access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic facing both the state and nation. 

Starting today, Michiganders across the state can access a specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. Available at www.headspace.com/MI an internet connection is the only thing that is needed to access these tools to while you stay home and stay safe.

“Michiganders have faced an unprecedented crisis over the past month, and in these uncertain times having access to mental health resources is crucial,” said Gov. Whitmer. “That is why I am proud to partner with Headspace, I know this science-based resource will be valuable during this challenging time. This virus has taken a toll on Michiganders’ physical and mental health. While we all stay home and stay safe, it is so important take the time to check in and take care yourself.  Michiganders are tough, but having access to tools like this one will help us all get through this together.”

In 25 published studies in some of the leading mindfulness peer-reviewed journals, Headspace has been shown to have favorable outcomes of interventions including reduced stressincreased compassion, and decreased aggression. Headspace has also worked to make its digital mental health tools more accessible to those who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic from healthcare providers, educators, caregivers, businesses and people around the world.

“While Michiganders are working together to take the necessary steps to safeguard their physical health and safety, it’s also critical that we protect our mental health,” said Rich Pierson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Headspace.  “We want to be there for the people of Michigan and do our small part in helping them cope with rising levels of stress and anxiety during this public health crisis. That’s why we're humbled to partner with Governor Whitmer on increasing access to mental health resources for folks across the state.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Headspace and offer Michiganders another valuable resource to help them navigate this challenging time,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “The COVID-19 pandemic poses a threat to not only physical but also mental health, and so it’s important that we do everything we can to support individuals in both areas.” 

Today’s announcement follows additional steps MDHHS has taken to provide mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the recently launched warmline  that connects Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions to certified peer support specialists. The warmline operates 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). The department has also published several guides in support of the emotional health of older adults, children, health care providers, first responders and others who may have unique needs when processing the impacts of this pandemic. Those can be found on the Resources section of MDHHS coronavirus website. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.   

Executive Order: Enhanced protections for residents and staff of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF, April 15, 2020)

COVID-19 Updates (April 14, 2020)
Whitmer Discusses Re-opening the State
Yesterday, during a press conference, the Governor discussed criteria for when she will consider relaxing the Stay at Home Order once the pandemic comes under better control. The order recently was extended through April 30 and at that point she identified the following elements to be reviewed to make this decision:

  • Current incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infections and the rate of spread,
  • Whether sufficient medical personnel and hospital resources are available to meet medical need,
  • The availability of PPE for health care workers,
  • State capacity to conduct testing, and
  • The economic conditions in the state.

On Monday, she included the ability to trace the virus and the development of best practices in the workplace. Last Saturday, the Governor announced expanded drive-up testing operations in 13 cities, including high risk areas such as Detroit and Flint.

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Michigan seniors age 60+ can sign up to receive a daily check in call from a volunteer who can make sure they are doing ok and can spend some time catching up, sharing news and important updates with them. (April, 9 2020)

State of Michigan selects alternate COVID-19 care facility in Novi (April 6, 2020)

The State of Michigan has selected the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi as the site of a second alternate care facility to expand medical capacity during the state’s response to COVID-19. This decision comes days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state’s first alternate care facility at TCF Center in Detroit.

After conversion, the Suburban Collection Showplace will provide 250,000 sq. ft. and bed space to accommodate up to 1,000 COVID-19 cases.

“This is more good news for Michiganders in our fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Having access to more medical facilities and more space for health care professionals to perform their life saving work means we are more able to slow the spread of COVID-19. Fighting this virus is going to take all of us working together as Michiganders, and I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to volunteer at a health care facility or donate blood, money, or medical supplies. We will get through this.”

“We are uniquely positioned to be able to support this effort and the fight against COVID-19. We feel it is important to serve as a resource to the state and the community in these times of need,” said Blair Bowman, Owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

The decision to continue to expand bed space in Southeast Michigan is a proactive measure in anticipation of additional need as the response to COVID-19 continues. The State of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan National Guard partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assess the site and coordinate federal funding for the expansion.

In addition to TCF Center and the Suburban Collection Showplace, other locations in Michigan are under consideration for future expansion, based on anticipated need.

Michigan Seniors can get Free Meal Delivery, Daily Wellness Checks During Coronavirus Outbreak (MLive, April 6, 2020)

April 2, 2020
As Michigan cases of COVID-19 virus continue to climb, we will all need additional supplies to battle the virus. PVM is accepting donations at our villages. If you have:

  • Face masks (both N95 types and others)
  • Clear face shields
  • Disposable clothes covering gowns
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gloves

We would be very grateful for your donation. You can drop off at any PVM location near you, or call 734-679-7801 to find a location. We appreciate your support as we care for our residents and staff.

COVID-19 Message from Roger Myers (March 30, 2020)

PVM Board of Directors Expresses Gratitude to Staff Members (March 27, 2020)

When Dementia Meets the Coronavirus Crisis (March 26, 2020)

NewsTalk Radio WKHM-Jackson Interview with Chelsea Eisele (March 26, 2020)

Update on Actions Taken re: COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)

This communication is to provide an update on actions taken by PVM to combat the spread of COVID-19. Know that the health and safety of our residents and staff are our highest priority. Because of this and in response to the 3/23 Executive Directive issued by Governor Whitmer, we are adding new actions to reduce the exposure of all involved.

We have increased screening of staff. When appropriate we are encouraging staff to work from home. Adequate staff levels will be on-site to maintain essential services. Staff will be reachable as they have always been.

You play a key role in winning the war against this virus. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay sheltered from others. Thank you for your cooperation and your patronage.

Oakland County Michigan Health Order for Screening at Businesses (PDF) (March 24, 2020)

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Update on Coronavirus Actions (March 17, 2020)

Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Diseases like COVID-19 (March 4, 2020)