WVBI COVID-19 Update for March 25, 2020

Some more changes in daily routines for islanders. Island Energies—the Gas Station at the Four Corners is moving to curb-side service only until further notice. Orders can be placed via phone at 448-2007 or email at<>. They ask that you include a phone number in all emailed orders. Fuel sales will be pre-pay only.Hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday, but the station will be closed on Sundays until further notice.
Those procedures mirror those in effect at McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock. Call ahead with your order and pick it up at the curb. The Hardware will do the same for you.
Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but the number state-wide is really climbing quickly. The total number of cases now stand at 1,791, up from 1,328 on Monday. There have been 24 deaths. In Northern Michigan, there are now three confirmed cases in Charlevoix and Grand Traverse Counties, two in Emmet, one each in Leelanau and Kalkaska and 5 over in Otsego. Only deaths in Michigan appear to be down-state.
Remember that the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority is asking that anyone arriving on the island from the mainland self-quarantine for 14 days. That includes folks on the island who make trips to the mainland.
If you need delivery service at home, Charlevoix County Transit can help. They’ve eliminated fares and are providing delivery service. To arrange for delivery groceries, meals, medicine and other necessities, please call their dispatch desk at 231.582.6900. The C-O-A can help seniors with that, too. Call Kathy Ehinger at 448-2124 or after hours on her cell phone at 231-620-5199.
A reminder that the Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you need to visit the Health Center, you should call ahead at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions.
Be on the look-out for scam COVID-19 calls and offers. Best thing to do with a call is just hang-up. The scams run the normal gambit of nonsense, but a new one is the sale of COVI-19 protection patches. The attorney general is investigating a Rockford firm for that. Meantime, Ford and GM are gearing up to produce ventilators and other needed supplies.
What can you do? If you have personal protective equipment stashed at home, the Governor says health care providers could use what you can spare. Of course, stay home if possible. Practice social distancing—stay at least 6 feet away from others. Carry hand sanitizer with you and disinfecting wipes. Clean frequently sed services—frequently. Keep calm—and again, stay home if you can.

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