MENOMINEE —  With the COVID-19 health crisis afflicting the United States, many individuals have considered moving away from their current winter residences and retreating to less populated summer living places to shelter in place. Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) encourages those individuals to make informed decisions before returning to the area.

Michael Snyder, health officer, advises, “We have outstanding medical facilities in our area, but they have limited capacity to care for large numbers of severely ill individuals at the same time. Having a sudden migration of people into the area, many of whom would be arriving from places where COVID-19 is widespread in their communities, could easily overwhelm our healthcare system.”

Michigan is not currently requiring travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival like some other states are doing. For individuals who are returning to the area, PHDM recommends that you do the right thing and stay home for 14 days to make sure you do not become ill and expose others.

Travelers are encouraged to bring 14 days worth of groceries and other necessary provisions with them or arrange for a family member or friend do the shopping for them. If these items cannot be delivered before the travelers arrive, they should be left outside the residence.