COVID-19 News & Updates


COVID - FAQs for DCH Patients

Q.  How do I get a COVID-19 test?

A.  If you have COVID-19 related symptoms and need to be tested, contact your provider to get an order placed, call (906) 776-5913 to pre-register.  When arriving at the hospital, follow the signs for drive-up COVID-19 testing (M-F 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Call the number on the sign posted by the wall and park your car by the orange cone near the entrance door.  A lab employee will direct you into the building to collect the swab.

A. If you need to have a COVID-19 test for travel or work, 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 call the COVID-19 Resource Line at (906) 776-5913 (M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and pre-register prior to getting collected.

A. If you need to have a COVID-19 test for upcoming surgery / procedure, or if you have been exposed (but do not have symptoms), you can enter 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 prior to getting collected by calling (906) 776-5913.

Q. How will I get my COVID-19 results?

A.  Please call the COVID-19 Resource Line at (906) 776-5913 (M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) DCHS performs PCR testing in-house and your provider will have these results in 24 hours.  If you are tested on a Friday, your results will be available the following Monday.

A.  For a paper copy, please call the COVID-19 Resource Line for assistance.

Q.  I tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do now?

A. Per the latest CDC recommendations, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are to isolate for 5 days followed by 5 days of strict mask wearing around others.  Follow up with your primary care provider for further recommendations.

Q. What are the COVID-19 vaccination recommendations?

A. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

  • Children 5-17 years old are authorized to receive Pfizer
  • Everyone 18 years and older are authorized to receive Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson

Q. Is DCHS testing for the different variants like Delta and Omicron?

A. Hospital labs do not yet have the capability to specifically test for the Delta variant or Omicron, however our PCR testing platforms will capture this variant and, if present, will give a positive COVID-19 result.

Q. I have COVID-19-like symptoms or have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and I need to have my blood drawn.

A. If you have Covid-19 related symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test and need to have your blood drawn, contact your provider to get an order placed and call (906) 776-5913 to pre-register.  When arriving at the hospital, follow the signs for the drive-up COVID-19 testing.  Call the number on the sign posted by the wall and park your car by the orange cone near the entrance door.  A lab employee will direct you into the building to collect the swab.

Q. Who is eligible for monoclonal antibodies and other COVID-19 therapeutics? 

A. 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) ho 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.  For information on monoclonal antibodies, please contact your health care provider or call the COVID-19 Resource Line at (906) 776-5913 (M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

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 

Vaccination availability in your area

 

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