FEMA is providing COVID-19 funeral expense relief for expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. These funds are specifically for funerals of those who passed away from COVID-19. FEMA will begin accepting applications in April. Please see the link for more information on who is eligible, how to apply, and how funds will be received. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Donata Kidd, Director
Department of Health & Human Services
|Muskegon County COVID-19 Vaccine Information|
|COVID-19 Vaccination is underway in Muskegon County. Each one of you can assist in the process by helping share this information on your social media and with others in our community!|
|More people now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines|
|More Muskegon County residents are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations following a Wednesday announcement from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Vaccines in Muskegon County are being distributed in four phases as they become available. Muskegon County vaccine quantities are still limited and are being distributed as quickly as possible. Public Health – Muskegon County will continue to prioritize available vaccines to those at greatest risk of COVID-19 exposure and negative health outcomes, Muskegon County Public Health Officer Kathy Moore said following Wednesday’s announcement. “We are excited that more Muskegon County residents are now eligible to receive a vaccination,” said Moore. “We will continue to make sure our limited supply of vaccines gets into the arms of those most at risk as quickly as possible.” Public Health – Muskegon County has been working with its partners to vaccinate Muskegon County residents covered in Phase 1A. Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons working in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents and workers in long term care facilities. Wednesday’s announcement will allow vaccination to begin for those covered by Phase 1B and those 65 and older. Phase 1B also includes Muskegon County’s frontline essential workers, including first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers. Anyone 65 and older are encouraged to take action by filling out the Public Health – Muskegon County Vaccination Request form at www.MaskUpMuskegon.org. This secure form will help streamline the vaccination process and help Public Health – Muskegon County identify eligible individuals when vaccines are available. Vaccinations for other individuals eligible in Phases 1A and 1B will be coordinated through their employer. Those individuals DO NOT need to fill out the Vaccination Request form and should follow instructions provided to them by their employer. Vaccinations for those not included in Phase 1A and 1B are expected to occur later in 2021. Information on the vaccination process can also be found at www.MaskUpMuskegon.org. Individuals can also sign up for vaccine news updates by visiting www.MaskUpMuskegon.org. Ongoing vaccination information will also be distributed through the social media channels of Public Health – Muskegon County and HealthWest as well as local media.|
|Are you 65 or older and want a vaccine? Let us know!|
|We need your help to make sure everyone who is eligible and wants a vaccine can receive one. To streamline this process, Public Health – Muskegon County has created a secure form that will help identify those who are 65 and older and would like a vaccine. This form will collect basic information, such as name, contact info, and birthday, which will then be used by public health officials to coordinate and prioritize vaccinations. If you are 65+ and would like a vaccine, please visit www.MaskUpMuskegon.org and fill out the Vaccine Request form. Everyone is encouraged to share this information to ensure no one is left out of the vaccination process.|
|MaskUpMuskegon.org is the go-to source for Muskegon County COVID-19 vaccine info|
|The ongoing COVID-19 vaccination effort is unprecedented. We understand that it’s crucial to make sure Muskegon County residents have the most accurate and up-to-date information possible during this process. Public Health – Muskegon County and its healthcare partners are dedicated to ensuring residents have the information they need. That’s why www.MaskUpMuskegon.org has been identified as the county’s go-to source for information on the vaccine process and everything COVID-19. MaskUpMuskegon.org will regularly provide updated information on the vaccination process, as well as other crucial information you can use to keep your family and community safe. You can also keep an eye on the Facebook pages for Public Health – Muskegon County and HealthWest for real-time COVID-19 updates.|
|New vaccine infographics available to share!|
|We know people have questions about the vaccine. That’s why we’ve created social media graphics to help provide the community with answers. You are all encouraged to share these graphics on your social media pages to help get our community the accurate, trusted information they need. Click to download NEW graphics|
|It’s not too late to get involved. Below are some immediate actions you can take to help out this campaign: 1. Change out your organization or personal cover photo on Facebook using the linked graphics. 2. Share the campaign graphics, videos, or other materials on social media and in any outgoing communications 3. Share critical vaccine updates with your family, friends, and community. 4. Encourage others to share this message using email, social media, video, etc. 5. Encourage others to make and donate masks.|
|If you have any questions, ideas, or any other information about Mask Up Muskegon, please contact us at Community.Relations@HealthWest.net.|
Your Michigan driver’s license or identification card may not get you through airport security later this year.
Oct. 1 is when the federal government will fully enforce the post-9/11 REAL ID Act, and standard state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards will no longer be accepted to board domestic flights within the United States, or when entering certain federal facilities, such as military bases or nuclear power plants.
Many people already have a REAL ID document, such as a valid U.S. passport, a DHS Trusted Traveler Card or an Enhanced Driver’s License. A full list of acceptable REAL ID documents is available at TSA.gov. Those who don’t can make their Michigan license or identification REAL ID-compliant by visiting a Secretary of State branch office and presenting the required documents. And, if you make an appointment, you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes or less.
Here’s what you need to do to get a REAL ID:
- To schedule an appointment at one of our branch offices visit gov/SOSAppointments or calling 888-SOS-MICH. You can make your appointment at any branch in the state, and you don’t need to have a renewal mailer to do so. Some branches fill up fast, so book your appointment a few weeks in advance of when plan to travel. Your REAL ID license or state ID card will be mailed to you.
- Bring your driver’s license or state identification card.
- Bring your certified birth certificate, with a raised seal or stamp issued by a governmental agency; your valid, unexpired U.S. passport; or an approved citizenship or legal presence document. (Faxes and photocopies won’t be accepted.)
- If your name differs from what is on your birth certificate, bring certified documents for every time your name has changed, such as marriage licenses or court orders.
There’s no additional fee to turn a license or state ID card into a standard REAL ID if it’s done during your normal renewal time; otherwise a duplicate card fee of $9 or $10 will be charged.
For more information, visit Michigan.gov/RealID.
Senior Resources – Did you know that there are several resources available for seniors in our community? A senior is anyone aged 60 or over. Call 2-11 on your telephone to get information on resources available, or visit Senior Resources West Michigan website at: https://seniorresourceswmi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Senior-Millage-provider-listing.pdf