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(July 29, 2021 5:49 PM)  The Center for Family Health has released this update on the Center’s COVID-19 response and current status:

The Center for Family Health has worked hard during the pandemic to serve the community. During the past year and half, the Center has conducted more than 19,760 COVID-19 tests and delivered more than 13,000 doses of the vaccine. 

“Our staff has worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to continue serving our community”, said Sara Benedetto, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Family Health. Since testing began, we have not only conducted testing at our main facility, but have also provided testing in-homes, community centers, and other residential facilities in Jackson County. Our work has and continues to be about saving lives.”

During the pandemic the Center for Family Health adapted to patients needs by offering curbside prescription pick up, prescription home delivery, emergency dental care, and medical, dental, and behavioral telehealth services. Community Health Workers from the Center were also able to connect and provide patients with other resources such as emergency housing, food and energy assistance, transportation.  

When the vaccine became widely available, the Center began partnering with local churches, food pantries, and other community groups to offer the COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, recently the Michigan Primary Care Association shared that the Center for Family Health has provided more doses of the vaccine than any other community health center in the state of Michigan. “I am so proud of our staff”, noted Molly Kaser, CEO, Center for Family Health. They have done a tremendous job adapting to our new reality. Our staff have not only conducted testing and provided COVID vaccines, but they also have been working diligently to ensure that other chronic issues are not ignored during this pandemic.”

“We are seeing a surge in parts of the country”, stated Terry Langston, Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Center for Family Health. “While our county has not seen a surge, we want to encourage those who have not completed or received the COVID-19 vaccination, that you do so. We encourage our community members, neighbors, and family members to “get the facts” by talking with a trusted friend, family member or your doctor. If we are going to get past this pandemic, we need the public to understand that the vaccines are safe, effective, and available.”

To learn more about the three available vaccines for COVID-19, contact the Center for Family Health at (517) 748-5500 or stop by the Walk in Clinic at 505 N Jackson Street. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm, and Sunday and Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm.

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