Managing your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

Managing your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

by Brianna Blackshire Contributing Reporter Muskegon, Michigan- The daily counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by the Muskegon County health department tell the physical side of the coronavirus outbreak. Mentally, the effects of the pandemic aren’t as clear. The fear, uncertainty, loss, and social isolation caused by the pandemic have affected people of all […]

COVID-19 Variant Detected in Muskegon County

COVID-19 Variant Detected in Muskegon County

Muskegon – A case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been detected in Muskegon County. The individual has completed their isolation and close contacts were quarantined after the initial COVID-19 diagnosis. Variant identification is learned after the initial COVID -19 diagnosis when further testing of the specimen has been performed. The COVID-19 virus, as expected […]

CDC confirms that double-masking significantly helps prevent the spread of COVID-19

CDC confirms that double-masking significantly helps prevent the spread of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report on Wednesday confirming what many experts had already suggested: wearing two masks prevents the spread of COVID-19 more than wearing just one mask. The CDC also reports that a tight mask fit is important and significantly protects the wearer from contracting COVID-19. For full […]

Michigan lawmakers jump to head of COVID vaccine line, as seniors scramble

Michigan lawmakers jump to head of COVID vaccine line, as seniors scramble

By Mike Wilkinson As thousands of seniors scramble for the coronavirus vaccine, some politicians in southeast Michigan are jumping to the front of line with the help of their local governments. Oakland County and Detroit have offered the vaccine to politicians, with Oakland offering it to state legislators and county commissioners and Detroit offering it […]

MDHHS Partnering with Wayne State University, Wayne Health to Provide Mobile COVID-19 Testing and Other Services

MDHHS Partnering with Wayne State University, Wayne Health to Provide Mobile COVID-19 Testing and Other Services

In an effort to reach more Michiganders in need of COVID-19 testing and other public health services, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is partnering with Wayne State University (WSU) and Wayne Health (WH) to provide mobile COVID-19 testing. MDHHS is also seeking to expand this program to four other communities in […]

Food: Help for the Common Cold

Food: Help for the Common Cold

By Angela Shelf Medearis — Like many others, I try different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter months. Despite my best efforts, I often get a little “under the weather” during the month of January. This year I’ve decided to work on ways to boost my immune system before the […]

Dr. Byron Varnado Joins Hackley Community Care’s Medical Practice

Dr. Byron Varnado Joins Hackley Community Care’s Medical Practice

MUSKEGON Mich. — Hackley Community Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Byron Varnado, MD to our family practice. A native of Muskegon, he is a graduate of Western Michigan Christian High School. He then attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry degree, and then attended the University of […]

Hospital Medical Officers: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up 80%

Hospital Medical Officers: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up 80%

The chief medical officers for 110 of Michigan’s 137 hospitals issued an extraordinary joint statement today warning that the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has surged 80 percent in recent weeks and that dire consequences will result if the trend continues. “This concerning jump puts our entire health care system at risk of another […]

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