Local COVID-19 Info & Resources (Ann Arbor)
ALERT: COVID reopening slowed. Wearing masks mandatory
- AAPS Meal Distribution ongoing, drive-up added. Fall program starts 9/3
- EMU move-in delayed until 9/20, classes online until 9/20
Michigan reopening is paused for its COVID-19 state of emergency. Rates of illness and death are going up. You MUST STILL wear a mask if you go out, and MUST keep at least 6 feet apart. Of the over 113,000 infected by the deadly coronavirus in Michigan, 1 in 16 infected or over 6,750 have died. 10,000 are still sick.
Phased reopening: Phase 4 locally
A phased reopening has started. Near hotspots, this area is one of the last reopening. Everyone going out must wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. To keep reopening, depends on this. Grocery and most stores are open. Child day camps, libraries, restaurants reopened at 50% of indoor aynd outdoor seating, bars are now restricted to outdoor seating only due to new spikes at bars. Friday 2pm to Sunday 8pm, Ann Arbor is closing downtown streets to help. Locally, indoor gyms, theaters, sports venues, travel camps are closed indefinitely as COVID cases and deaths begin to climb again.
If you traveled, please get tested. There have been outbreaks in other parts of the state and other states.
Signs of the virus are a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, high fever, congestion, or rash. It can spread in all stages of infection, even with no signs. It’s unknown why it varies so much. 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. The Detroit area is one of the most infected.
Free Screenings for Signs of COVID-19
Local COVID-19 are listed here. Some sites require you meet certain conditions, others don’t.
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 were sent $193.80 per K-12 student for March/April, and $182.40 for May/June on Bridge EBT cards (grocery cash card.) 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
Free and $10 Comcast internet for Low Income customers
All comcast xfinitywifi wireless internet hotspots are free. 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
Ann Arbor Public Schools
AAPS COVID-19 school updates. Free meals for all kids, see below. School resumes online 9/8. Choose between two school class connected options, virtual only or with return to school when campus reopens, or virtual only. 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 are allowing one visitor, no non-patient children. Check the Michigan Medicine link to see if your clinic has video or online care, curbside testing, or is rescheduling. Only one needed driver, caregiver, or parent of a child under 18, can come long 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 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. Some primary care and urgent care locations have 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
- Some businesses are reopening and workers are returning to work, however many are still working from home. Federal COVID paid leave, COVID FMLA, UM COVID time, rules are still available through December 31.
- U of M: Units are starting to return to work for essential services only. All employee who can work from home are encouraged to make work arrangements to 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: The campus is re-opening for the fall, but offering a full complement of online undergraduate courses. 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
- Washtenaw Community College: Fall semester starts August 31st and will be online for all classes except classes requiring in-person labs (hybrid classes). Students will only be allowed on campus for lab portions of their class.
- Eastern Michigan University: Fall Move-in has been delayed until 9/17. All classes will be online until 9/20. Eastern plans to resume in-person on 9/20 as conditions permit, with precautions. EMU Weekly updates