2021 Archived COVID-19 Press Releases

ARCHIVED: Extension of COVID-19 Protocols through Mar. 29 (2-22-21)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated their Gatherings and Face Mask Order on February 4, 2021, extending the protocols outlined in their prior orders.  This extension continues current guidelines through March 29, 2021.

The Gatherings and Face Mask Order keeps the following limitations on gatherings:

  • While it does allow for indoor gatherings at non-residential venues, the limit remains at less than 10 people from no more than 2 households.  At this time, we will continue not to hold indoor gatherings/meeting, including BINGO.
  • Face masks (covering an individuals nose and mouth) and the 6 foot distance barrier remain requirements for all persons participating in gatherings.
  • Faith formation resumed in-person for all participants as of January 18, 2021 (following school protocols).

 

ARCHIVED: Extension of COVID-19 Protocols through Feb. 22 (1-22-21)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated their Emergency Order this afternoon, extending many of the protocols outlined in the prior orders.  This extension begins on February 1, 2021 and goes through February 22, 2021. 

  • While the Emergency Order does allow for indoor gatherings at non-residential venues, the limit is less than 10 people from no more than 2 different households.  At this time, we will continue not to hold indoor gatherings (meetings).
  • BINGO has been allowed to resume as of January 18, 2021 under the current Emergency Order issued on January 13, 2021.  As of now, BINGO should be suspended until further notice within our facilities.

 

ARCHIVED: Adult Faith Formation & Extension of COVID-19 Protocols through Jan. 31 (1-14-21)

Please note that yesterday’s Jan. 13 Epidemic Order, issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has extended many of the protocols outlined in the Dec. 18 Epidemic Order. This extension is now in effect through January 31. 

Also of note from yesterday’s order, the following gatherings may begin to take place on January 18, so long as they follow the Nov. 15 guidelines for capacity limit, face masks and social distancing:

  • Following the reopening guidelines for colleges and universities, adult faith formation in our parishes can return to in-person gatherings [on January 18].
  • BINGO may resume in person beginning [on January 18].

 


ARCHIVED: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Information (1-8-21)

DATE: January 8, 2021

TO: Priests, Directors of Parish Life, Deacons, Diocesan Staff

FROM: Karina Bak, Director of Human Resources

RE: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Information

On January 6, 2021, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the beginning of Phase 1B for individuals eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible in Phase 1B include: Individuals 65 years and older who do not live in a congregate care setting and continued eligibility for frontline workers (school and childcare staff; frontline responders at the county, state and federal levels; and staff in jails, prisons and shelters). Clergy have also been elevated to this Phase and are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

If you are Phase eligible (Phase 1A and 1B), you may request an appointment through the Health Department. Currently, Walgreens is delivering vaccines to long-term care facilities and will have vaccines for the public sometime in 2021. CVS and Rite Aid will have vaccines available to the public, but do not at this time. You may also check to see if your own physician is offering the vaccine. While the vaccine is being made available to more individuals, please be aware it may not yet be available in our area.

To pre-register for the vaccine, please call MI-211 at 231-715-5557. You will need to provide the following information when registering:

  • Name and address
  • Date of birth and age
  • Email and phone number (and answer to question: “Are you able to receive text messages?”)
  • Answer to question: “Do you need transportation to the vaccination site?”

MI-211 will then send your information to the local health department, who will call to schedule the test.

There is no charge for the vaccine itself, however, some providers may charge a fee for administering the vaccine. Please remember to have your insurance card with you for your appointment to cover that charge if needed.

Information on the vaccine can be found here, on the CDC website.

Printable PDF: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Information (1-8-21)

 


 

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