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MDHHS renews call for Michiganders to get vaccinated following Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recommendation by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (February 3)

PVM would like to share this important message from Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services:

Following FDA approval and a unanimous recommendation from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 16 and up, the Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) is renewing its call to Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"We now have a fully FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine and ACIP has added its unanimous recommendation," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. "For Michiganders who have been waiting for this approval, now is the time to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and join the more than 4.7 million Michigan residents who are already fully vaccinated. The vaccine is our best defense against the virus and the way we are going to end this pandemic together."

ACIP provides advice and guidance to the director of the CDC regarding use of vaccines and related agents for control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. The committee's 14-0 vote came a week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in December 2020 and was shown to be better than 94% effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vaccinating adolescents 12-15 with the Pfizer vaccine and additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals remain under Emergency Use Authorization. ACIP plans to meet in September to further discuss recommendations for booster doses after reviewing additional data.

To date, nearly 5.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered in Michigan and more than 65% of Michiganders have gotten at least their first dose of one of the three safe, effective vaccines. From January to July 2021, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 98% of COVID cases, 95% of hospitalizations and 96% of deaths.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

For more information about COVID-19 in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus.

The federal government has now made it possible to order Covid tests at Covidtests.gov. They will be shipped right to your home. (January 19)

Please check out this latest video by PVM president & CEO Roger Myers regarding mask policy and vaccinations: (August 11)

Michigan launching $5M sweepstakes to boost vaccinations (July 8)
About $5 million in cash and college scholarships will be given away in lottery-style drawings aimed at raising Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

The incentive program features a $2 million jackpot, a $1 million prize and 30 daily drawings of $50,000 for residents ages 18 and older who have received at least one shot. Vaccinated residents ages 12 to 17 are eligible for one of nine four-year prepaid tuition contracts valued at $55,000.

Starting Thursday, residents who want to participate must sign up at www.MIShotToWin.com or call (888) 535-6136. All vaccinated individuals will be eligible for the $1 million and $2 million drawings, which will be held on or about July 11 and Aug. 4.

Read more: AP News

Updates on Orders (June 23)
It is good news that some of the MDHHS and MIOSHA restrictions have been lifted.

We have reviewed the most recent MDHHS, MIOSHA, OSHA, and CDC guidelines.  Despite what we are seeing on the news, not much has changed for health care settings or residential facilities. As a reminder the MDHHS order still in place regarding Residential Care facilities includes all of our locations other than Independent Living and the home office location. As soon as something changes we will update you. For all others traveling from the home office to other PVM locations that are not Independent Living, remember they still have restrictions in place. Follow those restrictions.

What has changed are the rules for Independent Living and the home office location.

The MIOSHA emergency COVID rules have been rescinded. The MDHHS orders that required a number limit on activities/dining and mask wearing have been rescinded. However, CDC recommendations still exist for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

In Independent living and at the home office location, those who are fully vaccinated do not need to be screened, wear a mask or physically distance from others. Per CDC recommendations those who are not fully vaccinated need to wear a mask and continue to maintain a 6 foot physical distance from others.

Gatherings no longer have a limit on the number that can attend. For the fully vaccinated, masks are not required and 6 foot physical distance is not required.

Dining no longer has a limit on the number who can dine. Independent Living Dining can fully open as soon as your team is ready. Residents can mingle before, during and after meals. Residents can play cards/games and gather in the common areas.

Basically for Independent Living and the home office, rules are the what they were before the pandemic. The only exception is per CDC guidelines those who are not fully vaccinated wear masks and maintain the 6 foot physical distance from others.

Be aware of, and kind to those who are not as excited about the loss of physical distancing and mask wearing. Some may choose, even if fully vaccinated, to continue to do both. That’s ok. When you schedule meetings or activities plan for a remote option, preferably one with video access, and plan enough space for those who tell you they need the 6 foot physical distance.

Keep up the good infection control practices. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue. Clean your hands frequently. Clean surfaces before and after you use them. That will help keep us all healthy.

Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Gilchrist Announce Michigan has Reached a First Dose Vaccination Rate of 60% (June 11)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued the following statements as Michigan reaches 60% of the population age 16 and older receiving at least a first dose of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thanks to every Michigander who stepped up to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We can all feel a sense of optimism thanks to the tireless efforts of countless frontline workers who put their own safety on the line to keep the rest of us going. And we are tremendously grateful to the medical community who kept us all safe and created the safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of modern science. As we cross the 60% milestone in vaccinations, we are seeing cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to fall fast, which has helped to poise our economy for a strong recovery. I know that we can give Michigan the economic jumpstart it needs with the billions in available federal funds and our multi-billion dollar budget surplus. We will emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic stronger than ever, and I am confident that we can make lasting, transformative investments in our schools, small businesses, and communities to help them thrive.”

“I am pleased to see that so many Michiganders are continuing to make the choice to get vaccinated. Thank you to every person who has had a conversation with someone in their life to encourage them to get vaccinated, and the professionals and volunteers who have made vaccines available everywhere in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These safe, effective vaccines are our best shot to end this pandemic on our own terms. As more Michiganders make that choice, we come closer and closer to confidently growing our economy across the board, and setting our path toward a stronger Michigan. As we reach these vaccine milestones, we’re able to hug our families, return to offices, enjoy a dinner out at our favorite restaurant, and safely spend time with friends.”

Ascension Michigan Southfield Community Vaccine Clinic - WALK IN APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE- 16 AND OLDER ARE WELCOME (April 30)
Ascension Michigan Southfield Community Vaccine Clinic: In partnership with the City of Southfield, Ascension has launched a Southfield Community Vaccine Clinic in the Southfield Pavilion located at the Southfield Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road. To register for a vaccine appointment, visit https://ascensionhealth.inquicker.com/vaccine. No appointments needed. Individuals who are 16-17 years of ages must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and will need to select "Pfizer vaccine" when setting up their appointment online.

For all vaccine related question, contact Ascension Health Connect at 1-866-501-DOCS (3627).

MDHHS Launches Pilot Travel Points Testing at Michigan Welcome Centers and Airports (April 22)
In an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS),in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and select Michigan airports, are piloting a Travel Points Testing program this spring–bringing antigen COVID-19 testing to locations with high volumes of travel.

Quick and cost-free testing will be offered at several Michigan Welcome Centersand airports throughout the state, with results available in as little as 15 minutes. Walk ups are taken as space allows, and an option to register online via a mobile device will also be available.

“As we head into the summer with vaccines ramping up and a light at the end of the tunnel, I am so proud of this partnership between MDOT and MDHHS to keep Michiganders safe,” said Gov.Gretchen Whitmer. “I encourage all Michiganders to continue masking up, socially distancing and hand washing to slow the spread, and if you re-enter or travel across the state, get tested at one of the new sites being set up at key points. Finally, I encourage you to get vaccinated, which is the most effective way to keep you and your family safe and put this pandemic behind us.”

“We are excited to provide space at our select Welcome Centers for immediate COVID-19 testing,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “Our Welcome Centers are a gateway to thousands of travelers coming into the state each day,making them ideal locations to help prevent the spread of this horrible virus. Just look out for the COVID testing signs before the appropriate centers along the freeways.”

Insurance is not required, and results can be obtained via text, email or uploaded to the traveler’s patient portal.

“We are pleased to partner with MDOT and offer simple, quick COVID-19 testing for Michiganders and travelers to Michigan,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the MDHHS, “With growing concerns of new, more contagious variants, testing for COVID-19 is more important than ever. If you are engaging in any travel, we encourage you to take advantage of this testing when you re-enter or travel across the state.”

Testing trailers will be located on the grounds of Michigan Welcome Centers. Testing stations will be located at multiple locations inside Michigan airports.

Welcome Centers (open daily Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.):

  • Dundee Welcome Center (US23): US23 Mile Marker 8, Petersburg. Open starting April 23.
  • Monroe: Open starting April 23.


  • Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), 727 Fly Don’t Dr., Traverse City. Open Wednesday, April 7. Hours: Wednesdays 2-10 p.m., Fridays noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays 3-11 p.m.

“Testing sites are widely available at MDOT Welcome Centers and airports for the convenience of the traveler, and we have created resources for travelers to journey safely.

To learn more about the Pure Michigan Pledge and to view resources, visit our state travel office website,”said Larisa Draves, executive director, Michigan Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

Additional sites will be announced as they are confirmed.

Ascension Michigan now operating Southfield vaccination clinic (April 20)
This week Ascension Michigan (Providence Hospital) has begun operating a vaccination clinic in the Southfield Pavilion.  The health system is offering vaccinations Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm.  They hope to administer 1,500 doses daily.

To make a vaccination appointment, click here.

Anyone 16 and older may register for an appointment.  However, individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and will need to make sure they select the Pfizer vaccine when setting up their appointment.  Photo ID is required when attending the clinic.

Should you click on the self-scheduling link and no open appointment slots are displayed, all appointments have been filled for the current schedule.  Continue to check back as more appointment schedules are added.

FEMA offering up to $7,000 reimbursement for COVID-19 funerals. (March 31)

Governor Whitmer Announces Michigan as One of the Few States in the Nation to Receive a Regional Community Vaccination Site (March 12)

An Important 3 Part Message from PVM CEO Roger Myers (March 10)
We are pleased to share with you the latest message from PVM President & CEO Roger Myers regarding where PVM has been, is now, and will be in the future:

PVM Board Chair Roshunda Price receives her first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine (February 17)

Download PVM Guidelines based on MDHHS Emergency Epidemic Order (February 11)

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Gov. Whitmer on President Biden Boosting Vaccine Supply by Purchasing an Additional 200 Million Vaccines to Address Shortage (February 11)

The Village of Rosebush Manor Residents Receive COVID Vaccines (February 4)

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Second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Village of East Harbor (February 3)
PVM CEO Roger Myers receives his second dose of the Modurna vaccine at the Village of East Harbor along with Executive Director David Miller.

The Senior Alliance, Area Agency on Aging 1-C, is providing Hanes cotton and KN95 masks free of charge via mail for persons age 60+. Call The Senior Alliance or email me name and address of person requesting masks and I will get them mailed out. 

Interactive robotic companion pets are being provided free of charge to socially isolated adults age 60+ who qualify via screening questionnaire. You can see a short video of the pets at joyforall.com

Call 800-815-1112 to reach an Information and Referral Specialist at The Senior Alliance for the masks and pets.

Meijer will be providing COVID vaccines. Text COVID to 75049 and answer screening questions.

COVID-19 vaccine update in Oakland County: Save Your Spot Sign-up Available until Vaccine Supply Increases (January 13)

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is asking residents to remain patient during this time because of the overwhelming demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Division has received 7,800 doses, administered about 5,600 vaccines, and scheduled an estimated 17,000-plus first- and second-dose appointments through the end of February. Minimal vaccine supply, however, limits our ability to schedule appointments for the hundreds of thousands of eligible workers and Oakland County residents who are still waiting to be vaccinated. Use the newly launched Save Your Spot link on our website oaklandcountyvaccine.com to help us identify individuals who are eligible and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. For anyone unable to complete the form, call our upgraded health hotline at 800-848-5533. 

"We are asking the community to help us plan for administering future doses of vaccine we receive by completing this new form," said County Executive David Coulter. "This will help us reach residents and workers who are eligible for vaccination when more doses become available.  As we receive more vaccine, we will continue to administer them quickly and efficiently until everyone has the opportunity to receive the vaccine."

The Health Division is currently vaccinating individuals in phases 1A and 1B of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 vaccination plan who work or live in Oakland County.

The Health Division is following MDHHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for prioritizing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals. According to MDHHS, those now eligible to receive the vaccine include:

  • Healthcare workers 
  • Residents 65 years and older
  • Frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, jail, and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers (Phase 1B)

In addition to frontline essential workers, there are over 217,000 residents age 65 and older eligible to receive the vaccine in Oakland County. To receive updates on COVID-19 vaccine availability, register your email address at oaklandcountyvaccine.com or text OAKGOV COVID to 468311. The Health Division phone lines are very busy and sometimes Nurse on Call receives over 20,000 calls per day. Oakland County appreciates the public's patience. Nurse on Call is available at 800-848-5533 to answer health-related questions, make COVID-19 testing appointments, and assist those unable to complete the 'Save Your Spot' link.

Currently the COVID-19 vaccine is available through local health departments and local health systems. Residents are encouraged to check their health providers online medical chart or portal as all local health systems are going to start making appointments for their patients once they vaccinate their medical personnel.

Vaccine information can be found at:

More information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Division's website at www.oakgov.com/covid. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter. 

Roger Myers, CEO for PVM shows our first Vaccine Clinic at The Village of East Harbor. (January 6)

We are sharing this important information from Altarum regarding why we should be supportive of the Covid vaccine: (December 22)

The Vaccine Effort Is More than a Solution to Covid-19—It’s also a Chance to Solve Broader Health System Challenges

We would like to share this important information from NPR (December 21)

The Science Beyond the Historic mRNA Vaccine

We would like to share with you this important message from PVM President & CEO Roger Myers (December 17)

Additional food assistance for 350,000 Michigan families in response to COVID-19 extended through December (December 17)

Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits during December as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today.

Michigan previously approved the additional food assistance beginning in March – and now that is being extended for the month of December with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

“No Michigander should have to worry about how they’ll put food on the table for themselves and their families, especially during a pandemic,” Gov. Whitmer said. “That’s why my administration is working hard to provide some support to families who need it most. I will continue working with MDHHS to help every Michigander get through this crisis.”

Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by Dec. 30, with payments beginning for some households on Dec. 21. Additional benefits will be loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance that is provided earlier in the month.

More than 1.2 million people in Michigan receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through the state’s Food Assistance Program

Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in December to bring all current SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for that group size.

This change only applies to customers not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount. The 350,000 households that receive increased benefits represent more than 50 percent of the more than 680,000 Michigan households that received food assistance in September. The remaining households already receive the maximum benefit.

“During the holiday season in particular we want to help families who struggle to put food on the table as a result of the pandemic,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “This additional food assistance is critically important to make sure Michigan residents have nutritious food to eat.”

Below is the maximum allowable benefit for SNAP customers based on their respective household size:

One Person: $204

Two Persons: $374

Three Persons: $535

Four Persons: $680

Five Persons: $807

Six Persons: $969

Seven Persons: $1,071

Eight Persons: $1,224

The federal government is providing additional funding to states for food assistance under House Resolution 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.

Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the additional benefits. People who receive food assistance can check their benefits balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by going online to www.michigan.gov/MIBridges or calling a consumer service representative toll-free at 888-678-8914. They can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or emailing their caseworker.

Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.

Macomb County Moving Drive-thru COVID Tests to Clinton Township Site (December 14)

Macomb County officials announced Friday that a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will be opening Monday in a new location in Clinton Township.

The new testing site is at the former Baker College, 34401 S. Gratiot Ave.

The county’s former site was in the parking lot of the former Macomb County Juvenile Court building on Rose Street in Mount Clemens and averaged about 500 tests and as many as 750 tests per day, according to a county news release.

“We have many complimentary emails and see positive posts about how easy the entire process is on social media," said county Executive Mark Hackel. "We have every reason to believe that our new testing site will be just as easy for everyone who wants to be tested."

Testing is free and will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. No prescription or appointment is necessary and individuals without symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested. People must wear face masks and remain in their vehicles during the process.


AASA announces launch of CV19 CheckUp in Michigan (December 11)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging & Adult Services Agency, in partnership with BellAge, Inc. and with support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in Michigan.

V19 CheckUp is a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior. The tool provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.

Developed by BellAge, Inc. to help people be safer, healthier and ensure their individual needs are met during the pandemic, CV19 CheckUp fills a critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises and empowers individuals to help protect themselves from COVID-19.

The anonymous questionnaire is easy to use and will take five to ten minutes to complete on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Upon completion, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers the user a personalized report, answering questions such as:
• How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it to others?
• If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?
• Where can I find help to ensure my needs are met during the pandemic?

The individualized approach that defines CV19 CheckUp will deliver much needed support to those who are hardest hit by COVID-19, including the more than 2.4 million Michiganders age 60 and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems. Michiganders age 60 and over represent 89 percent of confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

CV19 CheckUp assesses each person’s unique situation and presents options to help reduce risk, enhance quality of life and devise a plan if one does become sick with COVID-19.

We want all Michiganders, especially those 60 and over, to have the opportunity to take the CV19 CheckUp survey at michigan.cv19checkup.org to receive a free, personal assessment. Please help us promote this tool to your networks.


Alexis Travis, PhD

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Alexis D. Travis, PhD
Senior Deputy Director
Aging and Adult Services Agency
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
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Download MI COVID Alert App Instructions (PDF—December 9)

Governor Whitmer, Racial Disparities Task Force Release Interim Report Showing Significant Progress in Protecting Communities of Color from the Spread of COVID-19 (December 3)

We would like to share with you this important message from PVM President & CEO Roger Myers (December 2)

December, the year of COVID-19 (2020) (November 24)

Dear Colleagues & Friends of PVM,

As I reflect on 2020, I am truly grateful for all the unwavering support, determination and commitment that so many have given to PVM. In spite of all the unprecedented challenges that we have faced together this year and those we continue to endure, PVM' s Mission has remained extremely strong. Thank you very much!

We had planned for a great year-long celebration of PVM's 75th Anniversary. Well, those plans were largely set aside due to the restrictions put in place because of the pandemic. Our attention and focus has been on proactively responding to the very best of our individual and collective abilities to combat the virus. I am so proud of the heroic efforts and spirit of perseverance that have been demonstrated on a daily basis by staff, residents, volunteers and donors. We have been and are getting through these trying times together.

Many of us have been painfully impacted on a personal level by COVID -19, some with the unexpected losses of loved ones and those others so dear to us. Words of sympathy seem inadequate. It is my hope that with strong faith, happy remembrances and knowing that you are not alone, that healing will be found.

With the promise of the vaccines nearing, our adherence to all of the recommended public health precautions, the support to each other and with God's grace, we can look forward to much better days ahead. Indeed, they will come.

May you find peace, reassurance and comfort in the coming holidays.

With sincere appreciation and warm wishes,

Roger Myers,
President & Chief Executive Officer
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

Michigan’s older adults can connect virtually with family and friends this holiday season (November 24)

MDHHS partners with GetSetUp to help residents cope with COVID-19 separation

Older adults experiencing social isolation this Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new opportunity to celebrate the holiday virtually.

Through its partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging & Adult Services Agency is offering a series of Thanksgiving-themed social hours this week. The special classes will help older adults connect with family and friends this holiday season. This includes a special Thanksgiving social hour on Thursday. Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.

“Older adults are at greater risk for complications related to coronavirus and have had to follow public health guidelines closely, including social distancing. We believe this platform will help reduce social isolation by empowering older adults when it comes to using technology while providing a safe place to learn, grow and make friends,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director at of the Aging and Adult Services Agency. “This Thanksgiving week, we hope older Michiganders will join some of these social hours as a safe way to engage with others and celebrate the holiday.

In October, the Aging & Adult Services Agency announced its partnership with GetSetUp, a mission-driven company dedicated to creating economic and learning opportunities for older adults. The partnership creates a new free resource for Michiganders age 60 and over as the state continues to face the pandemic. Nearly 5,000 Michiganders have taken advantage of the free classes on the GetSetUp platform, funded in part from a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Thanksgiving theme social hours and courses include:

  • The Power of Gratitude: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m.
  • Social Hour – Thanksgiving Then and Now: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.
  • Social Hour – Thanksgiving Fun: Thursday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m.
  • Social Hour – Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Swap: Friday, Nov. 27, noon.

These Thanksgiving social hours will allow people to connect with other older adults. The sessions also can help participants learn how to use technology to better connect with family and friends.

Registration is required. Classes and social hours are offered online and via telephone. To register, visit www.getsetup.io/michigan or call 1-888-559-1614.

In addition to social hours, older Michiganders can access more than 150 free online group classes designed for and led by older adults. Popular classes include how to use a smartphone or tablet, how to use services like video conferencing, Gmail, Facebook, YouTube, as well as virtual social hours.

Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus

MDARD, MI Retailers Association and Meijer Urging Consumers to Shop as Normal (November 23)

Overbuying and stockpiling may cause supply chain ripple effects

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell, Michigan Retailers Association CEO William Hallan and Meijer CEO Todd Weer, Senior Vice President of Stores today responded to news that consumers may be buying larger quantities than necessary at the stores.

“Michigan has an ample supply of food products and other items. But, when shoppers panic buy products like toilet paper, paper towel and other items, it creates a ripple effect within the supply chain,” said McDowell. “Buying what your household will use for the week keeps the supply chain moving, ensures everyone has access to what they need and allows the stores to replenish shelves for your next shopping trip.”

According to McDowell, COVID-19 has changed everything about how people come together, especially with the holidays right around the corner.

“The impact of this pandemic has not been easy, and it is not over as we see rampant community spread,” he added. “One thing we can all do to help each other during this time is buying only what you need. This ensures your friends and neighbors have access to food and other necessary products during this pandemic.” 

Signaling evidence of consumers starting to panic shop at levels first seen during the early months of the pandemic, Michigan Retailers Association President and CEO William Hallan urges Michiganders to limit purchases to a week’s worth of supply.

“Retailers across the state continue to work hard to restore and maintain product levels in stores to meet the demand in communities,” said Hallan. “Consumers need to know that stores, particularly grocery stores, will remain open. Consumers should plan for essentials in weekly increments to ensure that supply levels remain steady over the next few weeks. As retailers continue to do their part to keep retail environments safe to shop, we are asking consumers to do their part by limiting quantities to ensure there is enough for everyone.”

If consumers are leery about shopping in person, Hallan encourages consumers to consider using services like curbside pick-up and home delivery.

Meijer, which has 120 Supercenters and grocery stores throughout the State of Michigan, continues to focus on keeping ample supply for its customers.

“Our goal is to have everything our customers need, and our supply chain and store teams are working very hard to keep our shelves stocked during these busy times,” said Todd Weer, Senior Vice President of stores for Meijer. “As long as shoppers buy the number of items they normally would, then everyone should be able to check off the items on their grocery list when they visit the store.”

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

MDHHS and DTMB Roll Out COVID-19 Exposure Alert App Statewide (November 9)

Anonymous MI COVID Alert app notifies users of possible coronavirus exposure

As part of the state’s continued efforts to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) today announced the statewide rollout of the COVID-19 exposure notification app MI COVID Alert.

The anonymous, no cost and voluntary app, piloted in Ingham County and on the campus of Michigan State University last month, lets users know whether they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.  Users can confidentially submit a positive test result into the app and alert others in recent proximity that they may have also been exposed to the virus.

“COVID cases and deaths are now rising fast,” said Robert Gordon, director of MDHHS. “Using MI COVID Alert on your cell phone is a simple, safe step that everyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s free, it’s easy, and it protects your privacy.”

Every Michigander is encouraged to download MI COVID Alert. Research from Oxford University found a potential to reduce infections and deaths, even if just 15% of a population uses an exposure notification app like MI COVID Alert. In the initial weeks of the MSU-Ingham County pilot alone, 46,704 people downloaded the app. The number is the equivalent of approximately 23% of Ingham County residents ages 18- to 64-years-old and nearly 16% of the total Ingham County population.

“This app has the potential to provide the kind of early exposure notification that is critical to preventing the spread of the virus,” said Michigan State University Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. “In addition to wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested, downloading the app is one of the most important steps we can take to help keep our communities safe.”

When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they receive a randomly generated PIN from the local health department or State of Michigan case investigators that allows them to share their test results anonymously on the app. MI COVID Alert uses randomly generated phone codes and low energy Bluetooth technology instead of GPS location to protect privacy while looking back in time to determine close contact with other phones that have the app. If someone was in close contact with another person who submitted a positive COVID-19 test result, the close contact will receive a push notification once the positive test result is entered into the system. A notification means the app user was possibly within six feet for at least 15 minutes of someone who tested positive. Michigan worked with Apple and Google to make MI COVID Alert compatible with similar apps in other states. The app works in conjunction with traditional contact tracing, mask-wearing, hand washing and social distancing, but is not a replacement for these precautions or participation in contact tracing.

People who are exposed to COVID-19 should get tested and consider quarantining, including watching for symptoms for 14 days from the date of possible exposure. Individuals in need of testing may visit the COVID-19 website to find a testing location near them. They may also contact the Michigan COVID-19 hotline by calling 888-535-6136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or dialing 2-1-1 on their mobile phone to locate and schedule an appointment at a nearby, off-campus testing location.

The exposure notification feature included in recent iOS and Android operating system updates only works with a companion app like MI COVID Alert. The app is available in the Apple and Google app stores.

Other states, including Virginia, Arizona, New York, Alabama and New Jersey, recently launched similar exposure notifications apps statewide. Additional states have apps in development.

Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus

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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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:

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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.

PVM Strong!

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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)