Area Agency on Aging and United Way of Southwest MI are teaming up to deliver shelf stable food to seniors. The State of Michigan purchased 10,000 Quarantine Boxes, also known as “Q Boxes”, for the Area Agency on Aging network of Michigan to help provide relief for seniors in need of shelf-stable food. Three Hundred of these boxes have been designated to the tri-county area of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. If you are a senior, or know a senior, who would be helped by a Q-Box, United Way of Southwest Michigan began accepting calls on April 23rd to sign up for one. The number to call is 269-982-4029. See full press release attached.
Van Buren Community Mental Health and Woodlands Behavioral Health are available for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who wishes to speak to a mental health clinician can do so by calling:Woodlands Behavioral Health (Cass County )- (269) 445-2541 or (800) 323-0335
Van Buren Community Mental Health (VB County) – (800) 922-1418
Earlier this week, Gov. Whitmer encouraged residents to begin using michigan.gov/coronavirusTESTto find testing sites near them. We are aware this site inaccurately displays no testing available in Cass County as Ascension Borgess is not listed. We are working with our partners at Borgess to ensure they are added but in the meantime ask you, our partners, to make sure residents know testing is available in Cass County and surrounding areas. Please see testing information below.
[a brief, non-COVID-19 reminder] The Census is still happening and both Cass and Van Buren County only have a 51% response rate. The census helps to determine funding that comes to the county. Please make sure to take the census if you have not already done so and encourage others to do the same.
If an individual suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and take one of the following steps:
Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
Call one of the three Care Advisor phone numbers below provided by our local health systems. These numbers are helpful for individuals who do not have a PCP.
*If your symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1
VBCDHD will keep our website (www.vbcassdhd.org/covid-19) and Facebook (@VBCDHD) as up-to-date as possible with the latest information, including access to Michigan.gov/coronavirus data.
Please remember to flush only toilet paper, throw other paper products in the trash.
The Village of Marcellus along with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is reminding everyone that there are only three things that should be flushed down the toilet: The three “Ps”: toilet paper, pee and poo.
Those are the only things that should ever be flushed down a toilet. Flushing other paper products can lead to basement sewage backups in your home and create costly problems for homeowners and local wastewater treatment plants. MOST of you are doing a good job keeping these non-flushable items (so-called “flushable” wipes are NOT flushable despite being labeled as such.) out of our sewer system, as evidenced by the lift station basket not being over filled with these items after the weekend. There were some! Some may be catching in the sewer mains and not making it to the lift station and we will not know it until you have a problem with sewage backing up into your homes or the pumps are plugged and need to be pulled for cleaning or replaced which costs YOU money!
Our community health is important – remember to put non-toilet paper products in the garbage and not flush them down the toilet.
Village Residents – Please take 10 Minutes to fill out the 2020 Census Questionnaire Today. Be Counted!
Recently instructions were sent out to residents for completing the 2020 Census questionnaire online and by April 1, 2020, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Local communities depend on information from the Census Bureau to fund programs that promote the well-being of families and children as well as equal employment opportunities for you and your neighbors.
Ensuring an accurate count of Michiganders is important because roughly $30 billion in federal funding for public safety, schools, housing, health care, and more, as well as one congressional seat, are at stake for Michigan.
Results from the 2020 Census will be used to:
Direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
Help your community prepare to meet transportation and emergency needs.
Determining the number of seats Michigan has in the U.S. House of Representatives and Michigan’s political representation at all levels of Government.
The census count will shape Michigan’s social infrastructure for the next decade. If you need assistance completing the 2020 Census questionnaire, please call toll-free 1-844-330-2020. To fill out the 2020 Census online visit: