COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resource Guide

We know managing your health care needs is hard in the best of times. To help you navigate through the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we put together a list of resources that are available to help you in your region and state. We wish you good health and look forward to seeing you all in-person as soon as it is safe.

Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement Webinars

To watch our COVID-19 webinar series, please visit our webinar library.

Karmanos Resources

To help answer your questions about COVID-19 signs, symptoms, screening measures and treatment or receiving care at Karmanos Cancer Institute and/or at the McLaren Health System, Karmanos Cancer Institute has created its own resource guide to help members of the community. Included is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Karmanos COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Wayne State University Resources

Wayne State University is making general and research information regarding the Coronavirus from scientific publications, governments and news sources available to the public.

University of Michigan Pandemic COVID-19 Resource Guide

The University of Michigan recently released a comprehensive Michigan Pandemic COVID-19 Resource Guide. This guide provides specific information on how to access programs aimed at supporting Michiganders during the coronavirus outbreak. The programs in this guide are supported by the state, private companies and nonprofits that serve most Michigan residents, plus there is a special section for programs serving Detroit residents.

Local COVID-19 Resource Guides

The City of Detroit and Genesee County have also created their own comprehensive Coronavirus Resource guides that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of their communities.

For residents of Wayne County, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, located in Taylor, Inkster, Dearborn and Lincoln Park offer primary care services for all family members, immunizations, obstetrics and gynecology services, BCCCP services, dental care, behavioral health therapy for adults and children, substance abuse disorder treatment, psychiatric assessment and medication and Psychiatric Assessment and medication management for children and adults. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan. Sliding fee scale based on income for all services for people without coverage.

Federal Government: Coronavirus.gov

The federal government has launched www.coronavirus.gov to answer many of your questions, with links to many of the resources folks need during this time. Some of the topics covered include information about travel, resources for households, seniors, small business owners, schools, health professionals and the latest news.

Latest News from the State of Michigan

Governor Whitmer issues daily updates. Below are some highlights. You can check the State of Michigan and Bridge websites for current information.

  • The state’s COVID-19 Michigan Stay Well counselors are Hotline is open anytime, day or night, 7 days a week by calling 888-535-6136 and pressing 8 when prompted or email COVID19@michigan.gov. Language translation is available for non-English speakers.

State Financial Resources

Symptoms and What to Do if You Think You Have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

  • Become familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 and steps you can take to minimize your risk of exposure.
  • An online COVID-19 assessment tool is available to determine how to respond to concerns of risks and symptoms. It is intended to offer general instructions on whether to stay home, how to care for yourself and family members who are ill, whether risk factors or symptoms warrant medical attention or emergency care, and more.
  • You may be concerned that you or a loved one may have contracted the Coronavirus. Here is a guide for what steps you should take if you believe you have COVID-19.
  • You may receive a call from the health department if you tested positive for COVID-19. Do not ignore this call. It will be used for contact tracing. Contacts are given information and support to understand their risk and how to keep others safe. They’re asked to monitor themselves for illness and to seek help if they become ill. They may be asked to quarantine or isolate themselves. All calls are confidential.

Resources for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

  • Having cancer puts a person at greater risk for serious illness from any infection, including COVID-19. The best way to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus is to stay home and practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing. Since COVID-19 is so new, researchers and doctors are still determining how this virus affects cancer patients.
  • Comprehensive information on how to prepare for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, are pregnant or breastfeeding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • If you are currently receiving cancer treatment or are a cancer survivor, call your health care provider and ask for their specific guidelines. If you are a cancer patient or survivor who is part of a clinical trial, call your clinical trial research team for updated information. There are significant challenges in providing care to patients during this time. For general information regarding cancer care specific guidelines visit the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
  • Individuals living with cancer or who are going through cancer treatment may already be practicing social distancing and dealing with health-related anxiety, so the current Coronavirus guidelines might not be anything new. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has great advice from researchers, clinicians and cancer patients regarding how to maintain your mental health during this unprecedented time.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus (LGBTQ+) people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to high rates of tobacco use, HIV, and cancer in their communities. The LGBTQ+ population also has lower rates of health insurance and access to health care services. To learn more about how to protect LGBTQ+ individuals visit the National LGBT Cancer Network.
  • Comprehensive information on caregiver tips for protecting older adults; pharmacy and grocery stores adjusted hours and policies for older and immunocompromised shoppers; details on how veterans can get tested for the virus; and more is available from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
  • For tips and talking points on how to discuss this virus and its impact with kids, please look at Zero to Thrive or visit PBS.
  • SHARE offers free online support groups, in addition to a Coronavirus Hotline for cancer patients. The hotline offers the support of peers who have been there for women facing breast, metastatic breast, ovarian or uterine cancer and for caregivers of women affected by these cancers. Call 1-844-ASK-SHARE (1-844-275-7427).
  • Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit has switched all its support groups to a virtual platform. View the calendar for a list of events. Support groups are free to the public.
  • If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, call the American Cancer Society at helpline at 1-800-227-2345 to find out if there is an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program, look for financial support, or link to a virtual support group.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a variety of programs and services for people affected by blood cancer. All services are offered free of charge. Programs include financial assistance, clinical trials navigation, one on one nutrition consultations, telephone and web-based education, podcasts, support groups, online chat groups.

Mental Health

Fear and anxiety during the time of a crisis can be overwhelming and debilitating. If you or a loved one are experiencing these feelings, please reach out to one of the following resources:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | Links to treatment centers and hotlines for mental health services
  • Disaster Distress Crisis Hotline | 24/7/365 service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling for people going through both natural and human-caused disasters. It’s free, multi-lingual and confidential. | 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | Call if you are feeling alone and lost | 1-800-273-TALK or text TALK to 741741
  • Veterans Crisis Line | Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text | 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or veteranscrisisline.net
  • Alcoholics Anonymous | Links to existing online meetings and instructions to start your own | Find a Meeting
  • Alzheimer's Online Support Groups | Dial-in support groups are available throughout the month of April. Check the link for details. Please note all times are listed in Central Time Zone. | 800-272-3900 for help or more information.
  • National Sexual Assault 24-Hour Hotline | Connects you to a trained staff member from a sexual assault provider in your area | 1-800-656-4673
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline | Victims and survivors in need of support are linked to trained advocates. | 1−800−799−7233
  • Trans Lifeline | Transgender-specific suicide hotline | 1-877-565-8860

Other Resources During the Coronavirus Crisis

We know many people are struggling with economic hardship during this pandemic. We’ve listed safety net resources that are available to help. For more information, we recommend you also contact your local United Way 2-1-1.

Food

Utilities

Several utility companies are offering varying degrees of financial assistance to customers during this crisis.

If you need temporary heat and utilities assistance, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Water Shut-Off

The State of Michigan is working with the City of Detroit to prevent water shut offs. Residents who have more questions should contact the Metropolitan Community Action Agency at 313-386-9727.

Volunteer Opportunities

Giving back during a crisis can be a great way to contribute to your community and improve your mental health. The following are a list of agencies with volunteer opportunities available

Free Clinics

The Free Clinics of Michigan website lets you search for free clinics by county. They can offer medical services or drugs to patients. Just go to the bottom of the page and click “Find a Clinic Page” and then search for convenient locations.

Local Health Departments

We encourage everyone to also visit their local health department’s webpage. You can find additional information that is relevant to needs of each community, such as access to emergency shelter and reversing water shut offs.

If your county’s health department is not listed above, you can find it at the Michigan Association for Local Public Health.