Local COVID-19 Info & Resources (Ann Arbor)
ALERT: New more contagious COVID spreading fast in A2
By an order of the state health department MDHHS, you must stay 6 feet apart and wear a mask covering the mouth and nose indoors and OUTDOORS near those from another household.
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Deaths from COVID in the US are near a half million. Cases peaked again in early January in Washtenaw County. A new type SARS-CoV2 B.1.1.7 is 50% more contagious and is now spreading fast in this area.
Signs of the virus are a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, high fever, congestion, rash, or diarrhea. It can spread, even with no signs of being sick. No signs or a “lingering cold” can quickly change to unexpected deaths in healthy people. New data shows children can get a serious inflammatory illness. Those with health issues and over 65 are at highest risk, however the County most recently more deaths in those 30-45 and 18-22 as of January 31st.
Workers who can, must work from home. Grocery, child day care, and many stores remain open. Despite the new infectious COVID strain, restaurants and bars may reopen indoor seating on February 1st at 25% of capacity up to 100 persons. Customers must leave contact info for tracing, and must leave at 10pm. Close contact venues like indoor play areas and sports, ice rinks, and night clubs remain closed. Spas may only open for one-to-one sessions, individuals or single households.
If you get sick or travel, please get tested.
Gatherings in homes are allowed up to 10 people from
Free Screenings for Signs of COVID-19
Please bear with us as we continue to make updates.
Paid Leave and Unemployment Information (Federal, State, U of M)
Government COVID-19 sites
- City of Ann Arbor COVID-19 page
- Washtenaw County COVID-19 Info
- State of Michigan
- US National Health site: Center for Disease Control
Free Meals for ALL Children
Free multi-day TOGO meals are given out for ALL kids under 18 and kids with special needs under 26 at 11:00am – 12:30pm on the Tuesdays and Fridays at spots in the City like the Green Baxter and Arrowwood Community Centers. Kids or family can pick up. If you can’t get there, or for dietary needs, call 994-2265. Meals for other school districts.
Families in the reduced or free school program are being sent funds on Bridge EBT cards (grocery cash card.) Benefits Apply here for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Food and Essentials
Groceries and Essentials: Many stores have started offering special hours for customers at high risk of severe disease with COVID-19
- CVS and Walgreens delivers prescriptions for free.
- Meijer, Plum Market are delivering groceries, Busch’s and Kroger’s take online orders for pick up. Target, Walmart have store pickup or delivery.
- Costco now has local delivery of groceries and essentials. Sam’s Club ships, but has reduced hours
- Harvest Kitchen sells prepared meals and essentials and has reduced delivery fees.
- Bread can be ordered at Zingerman’s Bakehouse 761-2095.
- Argus Farm Stop is selling local farm produce and will deliver.
Free meals, Food banks:
- School lunches – see above.
- Food Gatherers has a list of groups providing free food and meals and a food map showing when and where it’s distributed. If you have food donations this is a good place to drop it off.
- SOS Community Services – offers free food and baby care items. Drop in on Tuesdays 1-6:30pm, Wednesdays 9am-1pm, or schedule an appointment. https://soscs.org/food-pantry/
- Focus Hope – free food boxes for low income seniors and their households https://www.focushope.edu/food-for-seniors/
- Meals on Wheels – continues to deliver free meals to those homebound by their health.
- Hope Clinic – emergency groceries, hot evening meals to go on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
- YMCA Food Distribution – free food boxes of fresh produce
- Water: The City has restored water to prior shutoffs and will maintain service.
- Electricity & Gas: Contact DTE to stop shutoffs for non-payment 1-800-477-4747
- SOS Community Services can connect you with utilities assistance
- City of Ann Arbor tax payments are deferred for low income households and businesses. Contact the City Assessors Office for more info.
$10 Comcast internet for Low Income customers
New low income customers can get free internet for 2 months. Current low income customers can get internet for $10 a month. https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Comcast xfinitywifi wireless internet hotspots are still free to its internet customers, although it has ended free access to the public.
Ann Arbor Public Schools
AAPS COVID-19 school updates. Plans are in progress to restart March 1 for at-risk, pre-K, young Fives, kindergarten, and certain small groups in middle and high school. The school district has a multi-stage restart plan balancing risk and educational needs.
Free meals for all kids, see below.Ann Arbor public school campuses are closed to the public except for designated pick up times. All instruction is currently online in three formats. For any tech issues, contact the AAPS ITD HelpDesk (for parents) at 734-997-1222 If your student needs internet, a tablet, or laptop, please complete the tech survey. Free or low cost internet for AAPS families
Fever and Respiratory Clinics To Treat Signs of COVID-19
IHA has repurposed some urgent care clinics to treat patients with signs of COVID-19 at separate Fever and Respiratory Clinics. If you have signs, please do their free online screening before going to an Urgent Care clinic. People who have seen Michigan Medicine (U of M) doctors within the past 24 months can call their health care providers to be connected with the Michigan Medicine Patient COVID line. St. Joes is offering drive through testing.
Suspected illnesses at IHA pediatric clinics are being split by time of day.
Sliding Scale or Free Health Care Clinics
- IHA: Free COVID-19 screening
- Packard Family Health Clinic provides free and sliding scale health services East Clinic: 734-926-1073 West: 734-926-4900 Ypsi: 734-985-7200
- University Health Services: https://uhs.umich.edu/ provides free and reduced cost health care to the U of M community 734-764-8320 24 hour Nurse Line and scheduling
- State COVID-19 hotline for public health questions: 1-888-535-6136. 8am-5pm daily
Hospitals and Urgent Care
U of M: The U of M and Mott’s Children Emergency Departments are open. Hospitals may allow one needed driver, caregiver, or parent of a child under 18, to accompany a patient. Masks and temperature checks are required on entry.
Check the Michigan Medicine link to see if your clinic has online, video, or phone care. Only one needed driver, caregiver, or parent of a child under 18, may come in with a patient. E-visits, the online portal, and call-ins are encouraged.
- U of M Virtual Care E-Visits
- Relocated Michigan Medicine Clinics
- Status of Michigan Medicine Clinics
- Michigan Medicine Patient Portal
- Michigan Medicine Visitor Restrictions
- By provider referral only – Curbside COVID-19 testing at West Ann Arbor Health Clinic. You must contact your U of M health care provider first
St Joe’s: Emergency Room is open. Only one hospital visitor for special circumstances. No sick or at risk non-patient visitors or children visitors under 14. Public programs have been cancelled.
IHA: All urgent care patients undergo free screening for signs of COVID-19. Those with signs are referred to separate Fever and Respiratory Clinics. Pediatric patients with signs are treated later in the day. Some primary care and urgent care locations are still closed.
Those with immediate mental health emergencies should call 911.
If you or someone you know is having difficulty coping with COVID-19 related stress, anxiety, sadness, or depression, call:
- National Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990, TTY 1-800-846-8517, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Teens and young adults can call Ozone House: (734) 662-2222 any time
- County Crisis Services: 734-544-3050, mental health crisis alternative to the ER
- Washtenaw Community College students can call: 866-227-3834
- Ann Arbor Public Schools – contact your school principal for school counselors and peer counseling
- Federal COVID paid leave, COVID FMLA, UM COVID time, rules are still available through December 31.
- U of M: All employee who can work from home, should do so. Any sick employee should still self-quarantine and seek care. A one time bank of 80 hours of paid time off per employee is being granted for illness, self-quarantine, isolationist on, child care, or similar purposes. It is also for those employees who have been sent home but can not work from home. This is available through December 31stMore info
- Michigan Medicine: Employees are expected to follow procedures for protective precautions. More info on the internal web site.
- The U of M Emergency Call Center is open for non-medical COVID-19 questions related to the U-M. Weekdays 8am – 5pm at (877) 763-3040
- U of M: Athletics paused until further notice, through Feb 7. All athletes, coaches, staff must isolate/quarantine until then. Students should quarantine for 2 weeks before returning to campus. All students MUST be tested for COVID before their arrival. Students who test positive will be housed separately until they are cleared. More info: U of M COVID Blueprint for Housing