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For Possible Covid-19 Resources, please follow the link:

From the Van Buren/ Cass District Health Department

Data as of April 24, 2020:

*Recovered is defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Latest State and Local Updates: 

  1. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work. View full press release attached.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Earlier this week, Gov. Whitmer encouraged residents to begin using 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.
  5. Starting April 22, 2020 and continuing through May 5, 2020, all participating McDonald’s across the state will provide Thank You Meals to first Responders and healthcare professionals. Eligible individuals simply order a “Thank You Meal”, select their meal options, then show proof of employment at the window.
  6. [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.

Executive Orders since our last communication:

  • Executive Order 2020-53 – Enhanced restrictions on price gouging
  • Executive Order 2020-54 – Temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile home owner from their home
  • Executive Order 2020-55 – Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities
  • Executive Order 2020-56 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity, flexibility, and efficiency of pharmacies
  • Executive Order 2020-57 – Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing
  • Executive Order 2020-58 – Temporary suspension of certain timing requirements relating to the commencement of civil and probate actions and proceedings
  • Executive Order 2020-59 – Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, Rescission of Executive Order 2020-42

View all executive orders here.

Important Contact Numbers and Webpages: 

If an individual suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and take one of the following steps:

  1. Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
  2. Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
  3. 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

MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline (8am-5pm)

(888) 535-6136

(269) 341-7788

Ascension Borgess
(833) 978-0649

Spectrum Health Lakeland

(616) 391-2380

*A Chatbot is available online
*Drive-up testing is available but all patients require a physician’s order to be tested

InterCare Health Network

(855) 869-6900
*Drive-thru testing is available to any patient within InterCare service area with a physician’s order (does not have to be InterCare only)

As the situation continues to change rapidly, we recommend referring to these sites for the most current information:



United Way of Southwest Michigan (local): for emergency updates, links to trusted sources, food distribution sites, and self-care strategies: 

VBCDHD will keep our website ( and Facebook (@VBCDHD) as up-to-date as possible with the latest information, including access to 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:

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