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  MASK UP – MASK RIGHT
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching an ini- tiative to not only get Michiganders to mask up, but to mask right.
listed and you will find even more detail. CDC. gov/Coronavirus still encourages the lay commu- nity to avoid the KN95 masks if possible in order to maintain an adequate supply for health pro- fessions. Be advised that masks should be worn under cold weather scarves. The scarves alone are not sufficient. Furthermore, the CDC sug- gests that your washable masks have at least two or more layers of breathable fabric, including the gaiter. Finally, the CDC site does go into remov- al, cleaning, and more. Appropriate care can help in reducing risk as well.
Drying your mask –
According to Robert Gordon, MDHHS direc- tor. “It’s important to wear the right mask and wear it the right way. We want all Michiganders to Mask Up, Mask Right as we continue to battle the virus in our state.”
• Hang your mask in direct sunlight to dry com- pletely. If you cannot hang it in direct sunlight, hang or lay it flat and let it dry completely. I hang mine from the cupboard handle.
Masking right includes wearing one of three options of masks that provide stronger protec- tion: three-layered washable cloth face coverings, medical-grade disposable masks or approved KN95 masks. It also includes wearing the approved mask correctly and having it secured over the nose and face and tightly fitting without gaps.
How to remove a mask:
Another step toward safety includes the newly approved and released vaccine. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief dep- uty for health is urging other frontline health care workers to get their COVID-19 vaccination after receiving her vaccine at Henry Ford Hospital
Bandanas, gaiters, and face shields without masks do not provide adequate protection for the wearer or others and are not recommended according to MDHHS.
2. Handle only by the earloops or ties.
3. Fold the outside corners together. (Always fold
Information around this outbreak is chang- ing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/ Coronavirus.
mouth when removing and wash hands imme- diately after removing.
1. Carefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
in mid-December. The vaccine, developed by Pfizer, was recently approved by U.S. Food
and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is being shipped to hospitals across the country, including here in Michigan.
the same way.)
4. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and
“The delivery of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan means there will be an end to this pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “However, it will take several months before we are able to have enough vaccine to widely distribute it to all Michiganders. Until then, and even for individ- uals who receive the vaccine, we should all be doing our part to slow the spread of this virus by wearing masks correctly, avoiding large gather- ings, and washing hands.”
• Dry your mask completely in a warm or hot dryer.
 CDC recommends the use of masks to protect the community by reducing emission of the virus and to protect the wearer by reducing inhalation. CDC cites a number of studies showing that masks have been effective. For example, one study showed that use of masks onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was associated with a 70% reduced risk of COVID; another showed that, in a contact tracing investigation, those who report- ed wearing masks had a 70% lower risk of infec- tion than those who did not. Published research by Beaumont Hospital in Southeast Michigan also showed that mask wearing was associated with lower levels of infection by COVID and, among those infected, lower levels of symptoms.
Cleaning your mask. Reusable masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
 A quick visit to the recommended CDC site
• Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove detergent or soap.
When using a washing machine –
• Include your mask with your regular laundry. • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest
Residents in need of masks can pick one
up from partner sites across the state, which includes most MDHHS local offices and Community Action Agencies. Find a distribu- tion site at Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan or call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136.
Michiganders can track the amount of vac- cine received and doses provided on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.
 appropriate water setting for the cloth used to
make the mask.
• Use the highest heat setting and leave in the
dryer until completely dry.
When washing by hand –
• Wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap.
     SENIOR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
 ORGANIZATION
Alamo Transportation
Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Community Action Senior Transportation
JTC Transportation Service LLC
Mobility 1 Transportation
JNZ Transportation
AREA
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek Area
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Calhoun County Area
Southern Michigan
Michigan
SERVICE CONDITIONS
Door-to-Door Service
Fixed Routes
Origination To Destination
Within 150 miles
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
PHONE
(517) 494-0029
(844) 895-4809
(269) 966-3474
(269) 966-3474
(269) 565-4144
(269) 339-6928
(269) 430-5055
(517) 879-0978
HOURS
M-F, 7am-5pm
By Appointment
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Daily 6am-8pm
By Appointment
7-days, 6am-6pm
COST
Bills Medicare/Medicad
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
$0.60 seniors
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
Wheelchair $45+$1.25/mile, Ambulatory $35+$1.25/mile after 20miles
Can bill some Medicad plans
Wheelchair $45+$2/mile, Ambulatory $30+$2/mile
NOTES
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
Must have exact change, 12 punch pass for $6, 48 punches for $24
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
10-15% Disc for ambulatory frequency
 Albion Marshall Connector
Marshall, Ablion
Curb-To-Curb
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12,
$2 adults/children 13+
 Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
  Area Wide Transportation
Southern Michigan
(269) 679-6999
Available 24 hours/ day
Bills Medicare/Medicad
 Rider responsible for any costs not covered
BC Go
Battle Creek Area
(269) 966-3474
Weekends only
$15
Branch Area Transit Authority
Branch County
Curb-To-Curb
(517) 278-5889
Daily
Half Fare for Handicapped & Senior Citizens Over 60
 Weekly Subscriptions Available
 Community Action Senior Transportation
Calhoun County- Albion
Origination To Destination
(269) 565-4144
M,T,W,F, 9am-2:30pm
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
 Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
 Marshall Dial-A-Ride
Marshall
(269) 781-3975
M-F, 7am-6pm
$1.50 one-way for seniors, 60+, disabled, children 5-12, $3.00 adults/children 13+
Free on Wed for seniors, age 60 and over
 Ready Ride Transportation
Michigan
(616) 261-2400
By Appointment
Contact for Rates
 10% Discount for Veterans
 Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
 Michigan, Northern IN
  (517) 677-9262
 By Appointment
 $0.50/mile
  Starting from Tekonsha
 Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or ssherban@scenepub.com.
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