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Senior Times - May 2020
By: Richard Van Enk, Ph.D., Bronson Battle Creek
  For most Michiganders, life has changed drastically since the state confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in March. Dr. Richard Van Enk, director of infec- tion prevention and epidemiology at Bronson Healthcare, answers some of the most com- monly asked questions about COVID-19.
How can I protect my loved ones and myself from getting COVID-19? Everyone should take measures to protect themselves. Even if you do not have symp- toms, you could be a carrier of the virus and unknowingly pass it on to others.
avoid infecting other people. If your symptoms worsen, there are a number of ways you can seek medical advice right from home. In most cases, you do not need to be a Bronson patient to take advantage of these services.
What is the novel coronavirus, COVID- 19? COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that is easily spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets or by contact with an infected surface or object.
• Wash your hands often: Using soap and water, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, make sure to thoroughly cover all surfaces on your hands and let dry. Both options are equally effective.
• Call a Bronson Care Advisor at (269) 341- 7788 and they will connect you to the care option that best meets your needs.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after expo- sure to the virus. Research shows that most of us will only show mild to moderate symptoms if contracting the virus, or even no symptoms at all. Some of the common symptoms may include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Stay home: Stay home as much as possible. Only run errands that are essential, such as getting food at the grocery store or medicine from the pharmacy.
• Do a BronsonConnect Video Visit. Log in from your phone, tablet or computer and a doctor will quickly assess your condition and recommend next steps. Use coupon code 2020 and get the care you need now for just $20.
Unfortunately, some people who get COVID-19 will experience symptoms that are much more severe, and in some cases, could be life-threatening.
Immediate Care
Seek medical treatment immediately if you have any of the following warning signs: • Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face
• Cover your cough: Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or tissue, and wash your hands immediately after.
Who is most at risk for getting COVID- 19? Anyone can get COVID-19, but older adults as well as those with chronic health con- ditions or compromised immune systems, may be at a higher risk of developing a severe case of the illness.
I’m having symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do? Unless you need urgent medical care, it’s important to stay home to
• Practice social distancing: On March 20, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order directing residents to say in the homes unless they’re part of an essential workforce, engaging in outdoor activity, or performing necessary tasks like going to the grocery store or seeking medical care. If you are going to an area where there are other people, keep at least six feet of distance between you and oth- ers. Stay home if you are sick.
• Call your primary healthcare provider or, if you’re a Bronson patient, contact them through your Bronson MyChart account.
• Wear a face mask: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently rec- ommended using a cloth face mask to cover your mouth and nose when you are around people you don’t live with or when going to a public place like a grocery store.
Counseling & Psychiatry
Where can I learn more about COVID- 19? You can find more information about COVID-19 at
If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have a minor health concern and can’t go see your own doctor right now, get your symptoms checked out with a BronsonConnect Video Visit. Download our app at videovisit. For a limited time, use coupon code 2020 for a $20 immediate care visit.
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? It’s important to make your mental health a priority - especially during these uncertain times. Video visits for counseling and psychiatry are also available through BronsonConnect. The cost of behavioral health video visits start at $105 per session.
Hastings Woodland
Albion Battle Creek Battle Creek Battle Creek Marshall Tekonsha
Jackson Jackson Napoleon Spring Arbor
COA Building Eagles Club
Theresa Lancaster Leona Rairigh
(269) 948-4856
(269) 367-4041
M-F 10am-2pm
M,W,F 10:30am-1pm
Faith United Methodist
Angela Soya
(269) 579-3918
Main St. Banqets
Jenny Burlison
(517) 213-9212
 Meals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.
 Coldwater Church of Christ
 Alisha Carr
 (517) 279-8249
 Lunch Served at 12pm
 Meals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA, and private donations.
Albion Forks Senior Dining Center
Cynthia Rose
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 12pm
 Clarence Township Dining Center Bedford Manor Dining Center Lakeview 900 Territorial Dining Center Westbrook Place Dining Center Heritage Commons
Tekonsha Community Hall
Mark Rice Billy Castle Karl Hoard Michelle Dove Kitty Knoll
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (269) 558-6150
(269) 441-0948
M,T,W M,T,W,Th,F M,W,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th
10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 12-1pm
Lunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 12pm
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Athens Lighthouse Community Center
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Battle Creek
Cherryhill Manor Senior Center
Constance Siegel
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Springview Towers Dining Center
Eileen Worthington
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 11:30am
Homer Presbyterian Church
Senior Health Partners
(269) 441-0948
Senior Fit & Fun, Lunch after
Marshall House Dining Center
Deb Trescott
(866) 200-8877
Lunch served at 12pm
 All sites have hot and cold meals. Meals provided by Senior Services SW MI. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, CareWell Services - AAA 3B, USDA, and private donations.
 Grass Lake
 Grass Lake Food With Friends
 Annie Lavergne
 (517) 788-4364
 T, Th
 Lunch served at 12pm
 Crouch Senior Center
King Rec Center, Food with Friends Napoleon Township Hall
Spring Arbor Senior Center
Laurie Mead Laurie Mead Gail Jamieson
Shimone Glaspie
(517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364
(517) 750-1010
M,T,W,Th,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th M,T,W,Th,F
8am-4pm 10:30am-1:30pm 10:30am-1:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Park Forest
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
Michigan Center
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Laurie Mead
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
Norvell/Township Hall
Gail Jamieson
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
 To have your senior dining center added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or Email:
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