Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Self-Triage Tool

Use the Bronson MyChart Symptom Checker to find out if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Simply enter your symptoms (or exposure) into the self-triage screening tool and, if needed, set up a test. To get started, sign in to Bronson MyChart. Don't have a Bronson MyChart account? Sign up now. If unable to use the symptom checker, see the steps below.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Need to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or have questions about the vaccine? Visit our COVID-19 vaccine page to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Also, check out the answers to many frequently asked questions.

Vaccine Information and Scheduling

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that is easily spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets or by contact with an infected surface or object. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell

What Should You Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms?

If you suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home and take one of the following next steps:

  1. Check your symptoms using the Bronson MyChart Symptom Checker.
  2. Call a Bronson Care Advisor at (269) 341-7788
  3. Contact your primary care provider via telephone or through Bronson MyChart
  4. Do an On Demand Video Visit through Bronson MyChart

It's important to stay home, outside of seeking urgent medical care, to avoid infecting other people. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and then immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and dispose of used tissues. Learn more from the CDC.

The hospital is intended for those who are very sick. You should not go to the hospital if you are only mildly ill. If warning signs of complications appear, you should go to the emergency room. Those signs include: trouble breathing, bluish skin color, unable to eat or drink, unresponsive, sudden dizziness, confusion, or flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return.

Sorting It Out: Experts Address Common Vaccine Questions

Bronson experts take a close-up look at some common topics of interest regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in these videos. We encourage you to take a look at topics of interest:

Long-term risk of vaccine vs. Long-term risk after COVID-19 infection
While not everyone that gets COVID-19 will have a severe case that puts them in the ICU, there still can be long-term effects that impact quality of life. In this video, our Bronson providers discuss what they've seen in the patients they care for. Dr. Larry Morgan, neurocritical care specialist and Cara Klein, nurse practitioner, Bronson Family Medicine, provide valuable information in this video.
COVID-19-Vaccine: A Discussion About Short and Long Term Effects
Dr. Megan Sikkema, Bronson Medical Group pediatric director of clinical practice and Dr. Carla Schwalm, medical director Bronson pediatric hematology and oncology, address common questions about the short and long term effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding
Dr. Amanda Walker, Bronson Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Sarah Sharghi, Bronson Pathology, answer common questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine related to pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding. Dr. Sharghi shares her own personal experience related to the topic.

Bronson COVID-19 Policies and Information

Everyone Inside Bronson Facilities Must Wear a Proper Mask

A properly fitted mask is required at all times inside all Bronson facilities. Masks must cover your full nose and mouth, and the following items are not sufficient replacements for surgical-style masks: scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, neck gaiters, plastic masks, vented face masks, and face shields. Learn more. Bronson highly recommends outpatients and visitors wear a medical grade mask. If you do not have a medical grade mask, one will be offered to you on your arrival to our practices. 

Visitor Restrictions

Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in our community, we currently have visitor restrictions in place to protect patients, staff and visitors. Read about restrictions.

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Who Can Get Tested for COVID-19?

  • Symptomatic Patients: Testing may be an option if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Fever more than 100.4°F
    • Additional symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste/smell, vomiting, diarrhea or sore throat.
  • Asymptomatic Patients: If you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, testing may be administered to the following:
    • Patients who require testing for planned medical procedures
    • Patients who require testing to enter into a congregate care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living center
    • Patients who require testing for travel to a certain destination that requires a negative test for entry
    • Workers who require testing as part of a government mandated clearance process
    • Asymptomatic people who have had prolonged close contact with a COVID-19-positive patient in the last 14 days. To avoid false negatives, testing is recommended 5-7 days after last known exposure.

Due to high demand and limited supplies and staffing, Bronson does not offer general testing for those without symptoms.

Steps for COVID-19 Testing

If you are presenting symptoms or meet the asymptomatic requirements, please take the following steps:

Note: If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately.

The criteria and decision about who gets tested is dependent upon your risk and the availability of testing supplies.

These guidelines are based on directions from the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information will be updated if the testing criteria changes.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus and COVID-19 infection?

Human coronaviruses infect the nose, throat and sinuses and cause cold-like symptoms: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and sometimes a low-grade fever. The two symptoms that are most common in COVID-19 patients are fever, chills, lower respiratory disease (cough, shortness of breath) and loss of taste or smell. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Learn more about symptoms from the CDC.

How can I get care when it’s not related to COVID-19?

Your health is important so we don’t want you putting off care you need. In addition to calling us for an appointment, current patients can now access primary care and most of our specialty care providers via a Bronson On Demand Video Visit. Learn more here. If during the video visit it is determined you need to see a provider in person, you will be directed to the appropriate care location. Many insurance policies cover video visits. Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

If you need care now and your doctor isn’t available or if you do not have a doctor, visit our Need Care Now page or call a Bronson Care Advisor 24/7 at (269) 341-7788.

Do I need a COVID-19 test before my surgery?

Yes. All patients undergoing a surgical procedure at a Bronson facility are tested for COVID-19 within a 72-hour period prior to surgery. This ensures your safety as well as our staff’s safety. You will be contacted by Bronson to schedule the test as part of the pre-admission process. You will also be asked to self-quarantine from the time of your test to the day of your surgery.

I've been instructed to self-quarantine at home. What does that mean?

If you are suspected to have COVID-19, or you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but do not need to be hospitalized, you will be instructed to quarantine yourself at home to prevent the spread of the virus. The CDC provides guidance on what to do if your provider or public health official instructs you or a loved one to self-quarantine at home. Learn more.

You will also be asked to self-quarantine for 72 hours prior to a scheduled surgical procedure. This will help to reduce the chance that you will be exposed to someone with COVID-19 prior to your surgery.

How can I reduce my risk for COVID-19 and other viruses, like the flu?

  • Handwashing: Using soap and water wash for at least 20-30 seconds. If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, make sure to thoroughly cover all surfaces on your hands and let dry. Both options are equally effective.
  • Avoid touching your face: It’s estimated the average person touches their face at least once every two minutes. It’s especially important to avoid the T-Zone - your eyes, nose and mouth. That’s where viruses enter and leave your body.
  • Social distancing: If you are going to an area where there are other people, avoid those who are sick. Stay home if you are sick; cover your cough.
  • Facemasks: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using a cloth facemask to cover your mouth and nose when you are around people you don’t live with or when going to a public place like a grocery store. Healthcare workers should follow instructions about the proper personal protective equipment to use when caring for patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Click here to view the CDC's guide to masks.
  • Immunizations: Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at Bronson. Additionally, it’s important to keep up to date on all your immunizations, including the annual influenza vaccine.
  • Follow Travel Guidelines: The CDC regularly posts travel restrictions and guidelines based on disease outbreaks, special events and natural disasters. Be sure to consult those guidelines before travel. These can change frequently as COVID-19 spreads. Take note that if you do travel to some countries, you may be required to be quarantined upon your return. Click here for CDC Travel Health Notices.

How is Bronson prepared for COVID-19?

Bronson is following the COVID-19 recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are some similarities with our preparations and precautions for SARS, Ebola, MERS, H1N1 influenza, and Zika so we had good plans in place for these types of situations. Bronson has a team that discusses prevention and preparation each day and monitors the latest information from the CDC. The team includes emergency preparedness members from each of our four hospitals, system infection prevention personnel and Bronson practice management. Our team is also working with state, regional and county leaders to address COVID-19 related needs.

Bronson continues to monitor our supply inventory to make sure there are enough supplies should there be a shortage due to an interruption in the supply chain.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, Bronson screens sick patients for travel history or connection with someone who recently arrived from the source areas, and we have protocols to isolate and treat suspected patients safely.

Where can I find updates on COVID-19 and policy changes at Bronson?

We try to post all of our updates on this page and on our news section.

Who is most at risk?

Older adults and those with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems. Click here for information about COVID-19 if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

I was told once that I had coronavirus, are all coronaviruses COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses, some of which infect humans and other types infect various other animals. Human coronaviruses are common and they cause upper respiratory infections that are usually not serious. They are described as common cold viruses that cause mild symptoms. COVID-19 is a different strain of coronavirus and is not the same as ordinary human coronavirus.

Am I eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone 6 months and older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For information about the vaccine or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Is there any other preventative treatment besides the COVID-19 vaccine?

The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the monoclonal antibody Evusheld. The EUA authorizes the use of Evusheld as a pre-exposure, preventative treatment for COVID-19 on a limited basis for those 12 years or older, not currently infected or have not had a known recent exposure to an individual infected with COVID-19 AND:

  • Are moderate to severely immune-compromised due to a medical condition OR receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.

OR

  • Those for whom vaccination with any available COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended due to a history of severe adverse reaction.

For more detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

If you believe you may be eligible to receive Evusheld, please contact your provider to learn more.

Are there treatments for COVID-19 infection?

According to the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one drug, Remdesivir (VEKLURY), to treat COVID-19. In certain situations under an FDA emergency use authorization, health providers may be allowed to use other products not yet approved or approved for other uses to treat patients with COVID-19. Learn more.

The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for antibody treatments to treat people at high risk for disease progression.

COVID-19 Antibody Treatments

Summary: Synthetic antibodies are drugs that we give to patients that lack a good enough immune response against COVID-19 infection. The use of these drugs has changed recently. This update explains the changes. No synthetic antibody treatment for COVID-19 replaces the superior protection we get from vaccines. Bronson strongly recommends that everyone stay fully immunized, including booster doses, to protect us from COVID-19.

Overview: Antibodies are proteins made by our immune system that help defend us against infection. Monoclonal antibodies are made synthetically to provide some defense against infections when our bodies do not have good immune protection. Synthetic antibodies are put into your vein and can temporary help your body respond to the infection. They can reduce and shorten the disease if given early in the infection.

If these drugs are given too late or the infection is already severe, they have little benefit. These drugs are meant to be given to patients early in the infection who are not severely ill, to prevent the need for hospital care.

The virus that causes COVID-19 has different variants or strains. A new variant of COVID-19 is called the Omicron variant. Antibodies are very specific for the variant they work against. There are three monoclonal antibody drugs for COVID-19. Two of them do not work well against Omicron. Only one, called Sotrovimab, is effective against Omicron.

Situation: The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is becoming the most common type across the US. Only Sotrovimab, will work against it. In the past, Bronson has offered all three synthetic antibody drugs to our patients. Starting December 31, 2021, Bronson will only give Sotrovimab because it is the only one likely to work.

Availability: The supply of Sotrovimab is very limited. Supplies are allocated to the state of Michigan and then further allocated to Bronson. The limited supply will impact availability for patients. Bronson will work to administer available doses in an equitable and ethical way to offer the most benefit to the most people.

Process: Your health care provider will use information about you and Bronson's evidenced-based checklist to determine what chance you have of benefiting from the drug. If you are eligible for this treatment, your healthcare provider will help you arrange your visit to the clinic where the drug is given. It takes about two hours to receive the drug, from start to finish. The goal of this treatment is to allow you to recover at home rather than have to go into the hospital. Remember that the supply of this drug is limited, so it is possible that you will not be eligible for it or that the drug is not available for you at that time.

What if I want to make a monetary donation to Bronson?

The Bronson Health Foundation Rapid Response Fund has been created to support Bronson's immediate response to the fast-moving global spread of COVID-19. Click here for more information or contact the Bronson Health Foundation at (269) 341-8100, healthfoundation@bronsonhg.org or bronsonfoundation.com.

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