Cases of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continue to spread in Michigan. The virus spreads mainly from person to person by droplets or direct contact.
COVID-19 information and resources
For information about COVID-19, including translated resources, go to:
If you need community resources, such as food distribution, visit our Community Resource Hub. Type in your ZIP code, then click Search to find resources close to home.
MDHHS neighborhood testing and vaccination sites
MDHHS is partnering with neighborhood testing sites across Michigan to offer no cost COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 tests. Click here to find a testing site in your area.
Three COVID-19 vaccines are approved, or authorized for emergency use, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster at your doctor's office or pharmacy. Or find a vaccine clinic close to you. Depending on their age, your children may also be eligible. All three vaccines are available at no cost.
If you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you’re vaccinated two weeks after you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. After that your risk of getting sick from COVID-19 is much lower. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and additional doses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you don’t need to wait 14 days between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccinations, such as the annual flu vaccine. If your COVID-19 vaccine facility gives another vaccine that you’re eligible for, you can get it when you get your COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about how to protect yourself and others after you’ve been vaccinated.
Scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine
To find out how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, visit michigan.gov/covidvaccine. Here, you can find answers to frequently asked questions and other pandemic resources. You can also search for vaccines by visiting vaccines.gov or texting your ZIP code to 438829.* To find a vaccine facility near you, call 1-800-232-0233. You can also check with your doctor’s office or pharmacy for available vaccines.
Members can use Blue Cross Complete’s transportation provider to get to and from vaccine appointments at no cost. You can also receive reimbursement for gas if you drive yourself or are driven by a friend or family member. For more information, visit mibluecrosscomplete.com/transportation.
COVID-19 vaccine information and resources
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including translated resources, go to:
COVID-19 can spread when you’re within 6 feet of someone. You can help stop its spread by social distancing and washing your hands.
Wear a mask
Wearing a mask can be important for many reasons. It may still be important for you to wear a mask after you’re fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
The CDC says to keep wearing a mask if you’re in an area of substantial or high risk of getting the COVID-19 virus. It’s best to wear a mask indoors in public. This can best protect you from the COVID-19 virus, including the delta variant, according to the CDC.
The CDC says it’s also best to wear a mask indoors in public if you or someone in your household:
Click here to view the CDC’s mask guidance. You should also continue to follow the COVID-19 guidance in your community. For example, follow the guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
Wash your hands
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. To time yourself, hum or sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
According to the CDC, social distancing is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread of the virus. Social distancing means keeping space between you and other people when you’re outside your home. Keep distance (at least 6 feet) from others when you can.
MI COVID Alert contact tracing app
The state of Michigan has introduced MI COVID Alert, an app for mobile phones designed to help with contact tracing and symptom tracking. The app will let you know if someone you’ve been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 and provide you with next steps. Through the app, you can also anonymously notify others if you test positive. You can choose what information you share and also monitor symptoms and get advice.
MI COVID Alert is available in English, Spanish and Arabic on the App Store® and Google Play™. There is no cost to download the app. You’ll be asked to give the app permission to use Bluetooth on your phone. Bluetooth needs to be on for contact tracing to work. It will use about 1MB of data per week, which is equal to about six minutes of internet browsing. MI COVID Alert should work if your phone is less than five years old and uses Apple’s iOS 13.5 or higher and Google’s Android 6.0 or higher.
For more information about the MI COVID Alert app, visit michigan.gov/coronavirus.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, fever or cough, or you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, contact your doctor. Or call our 24-hour Nurse Help Line at 1-888-288-1724 (TTY: 1-888-987-5832), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The doctor or nurse can help determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
Testing done at a clinic, lab or pharmacy is more reliable than a self-test, especially if you don’t have symptoms, according to the CDC. Home testing is also available if you can’t get to a testing site. Blue Cross Complete covers all COVID-19 testing, including in-home testing kits. Bring a photo ID and your Blue Cross Complete member ID card to the testing site. Visit michigan.gov/coronavirus for a testing site in your area.
A self-test, also called a “home test” or an “over-the-counter” test, offers fast results and can be done on your own, as needed. Blue Cross Complete covers one self-test per day from a Medicaid-enrolled pharmacy. A health care provider, such as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, must prescribe the test. If you have questions about self-test coverage, call Pharmacy Customer Service at 1-888-288-3231 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. TTY users call 1-888-988-0071. You can also have four no-cost test kits mailed to your home by visiting covidtests.gov.
If you think you’re getting sick, call your primary care provider. He or she can evaluate you and find the best way to help you get better. It’s important to call before going to the doctor or hospital, except in an emergency.
You can call:
You can chat online with Robin, the MDHHS online assistant, by visiting michigan.gov/coronavirus. Click on “Chat with Robin” in the bottom right-hand corner. Robin can answer general questions related to COVID-19. Robin can’t provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis.
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Many requirements have been relaxed around COVID-19 to allow the health care system to respond quickly and provide care.
Healthy Michigan Plan copayments
Copays have been waived for Healthy Michigan Plan members who are diagnosed with COVID-19. This includes testing, prescriptions, lab work, diagonstic imaging, medical supplies, in- and outpatient hospital stays and other medically necessary treatments related to COVID-19. These services will be removed from your MI Health Account statements. Your COVID-19 test will be covered even if the result is negative.
You can have durable medical equipment, such as breathing equipment and medical supplies delivered to your home. Quantity limits and prior authorizations have been waived. This includes replacements if equipment is lost or damaged. Medical supplies you typically have delivered to your home, including diabetic supplies, incontinence supplies and enteral formula, are included. Surgical masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and patient gowns are covered. Your doctor can help you get durable medical equipment if you need it.
You can get transportation to vaccination or testing sites where you can be dropped off. Our transportation provider won’t bring members through drive-thru vaccination or testing sites.
If you have your own transportation, you can get reimbursed for mileage. Call 1-888-803-4947 before going to your appointment and request a mileage reimbursement form. You’ll need to complete the form, have your doctor sign it and mail it as instructed. If a relative or neighbor drives you, you can use the form to reimburse him or her.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor’s office before scheduling transportation. Your doctor may suggest a telehealth visit, which would allow you to stay home while talking with your doctor.
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