COVID-19 News & Updates


COVID - FAQs for DCH Patients

Q.  What are the recommendations for receiving a Booster dose for those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

A.   Recommendations for getting the Booster:  65 and older; those with underlying health conditions; and individuals at an increased risk of COVID-19 due to occupation.

Q. How do I get a Covid test?  

A:    If you need to have a Covid test for travel, upcoming surgery/procedure, or if you have been exposed (but do not have symptoms), you can come to the main entrance of the hospital (M-F 6 a.m.-2 p.m. or Sat. 8 a.m. -12 p.m.) and you will be directed to the outpatient collection desk. You will need to have an order from your provider and register before getting collected. 

A:    If you have Covid-related symptoms and need a test, contact your provider to get an order placed, call (906) 776-5679 to pre-register. When arriving at the hospital, follow the signs for drive-up Covid testing (M-F 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Sat. 8-12 p.m.) Call the number posted on the COVID-19 collection site sign. A lab employee will arrive to collect the swab.

Q:    How will I get my Covid results?

A. DCHS performs PCR testing in-house, and your provider will receive these results, typically within 24 hours.  Please do not call the lab for results, as we cannot give these results over the phone.

Q:    Is DCHS testing for the Delta Variant of Covid?

A:    Hospital labs cannot yet specifically test for the Delta variant; however, our PCR testing platforms will capture this variant. If present, you will have a positive Covid result.

Q:    What do I do if I have Covid-like symptoms or have recently tested positive for Covid, and I need to have my blood drawn?

A:    If you have Covid-related symptoms or a positive Covid test and need to have your blood drawn, contact your provider to get an order placed, call (906)776-5679 to pre-register. When arriving at the hospital, follow the signs for drive-up Covid testing. Call the number posted on the COVID-19 collection site sign. A lab employee will come to draw your blood. 

Q:    If I have received the two initial doses mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and I am moderately to severely immunocompromised,   do I need an additional vaccine dose?

A:    The CDC recommends that people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after two initial doses.

Although CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, HHS has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this fall. 

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please follow these simple practices:

Wash your hands often – Scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds or rub your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer for 15 seconds.

Don’t touch your face – Especially avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.

Practice social distancing whenever possible – This means avoiding close contact with others.

Stay home if you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue – Dispose of the tissue immediately afterward. Use your shirt sleeve, not your hands, if no tissue is available.

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces – Phones, doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks and more.

If you are feeling sick and experiencing respiratory problems, please contact your Primary Care Provider.  If you do not have a Primary Care Provider, please call Dickinson Primary Care Center, 906-776-5800 Tele-health visits are available.

COVID-19 Resources

The most relevant statewide data can be found using the following link: – https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

For a broader report please check the CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

Find your nearest COVID Test Site 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES? 

If you get a positive COVID-19 test result, talk to your health care provider about your risk and potential treatment options.  High-risk adults and children (12-17) who have had symptoms for 10 days or less should be considered for monoclonal antibody therapy treatment.  You may also qualify if you are exposed and at a higher risk for infection.

Helpful COVID-19 Videos From Our Staff

Visitor Restrictions Are in Place

ALL VISITORS MUST HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OF COLD OR FLU AND WEAR A MASK COVERING AT ALL TIMES; VISITORS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND MEET THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES: 

Visiting Hours, when allowed, are 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m..  Below is a list of allowable visitation by patient type.

Terminally and Critically Ill Patient:  Immediate family, spouse, or significant other only; limited to 2 people at a time.

Pediatric Patient: Two parents, foster parents or guardians for an individual under 18 years of age.

OB Patient: Spouse, significant other only. A coach is permitted during labor.

Emergency / Inpatient / Outpatient / Clinics

An advocate may accompany the patient. If a minor, then 2 parents or guardians are permitted.

Exigent / Government Official: Are allowed at any time.

COVID-19 Positive Patients: Virtual visits only