What Parents Need to Know About COVID-19 in Michigan

It’s hard for us not to have coronavirus on our minds, especially as parents. As of July 2021, officials have announced nearly 900,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases and about 20,000 deaths in Michigan, according to Michigan.gov

With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed, southeast Michigan families may begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel but the virus (particularly the new Delta variant) still poses a real threat to our kids. 

And that means parents need to remain vigilant while out and about. 

Here, we’ve rounded up information that you need to know about COVID including what COVID is, proper face mask usage in kids and what to do if your child is exposed.

In addition, you’ll find fun activities to keep your kids entertained while at home, information on summer camps, tips on teaching your kids from the safety of home and much more. 

Stay well 🦠

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COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are part of a large family of viruses that can cause illness in both animals and humans. In humans, several coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections from the common cold to more severe ailments like MERS and SARS.  The most recently discovered coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused outbreaks of mild and severe respiratory illness around the world. COVID-19 is spread via person-to-person contact via small droplets from the nose or mouth. A person who comes in contact with these droplets, either directly or by touching an item contaminated with them and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, can contract the virus. Symptoms of confirmed COVID-19 cases most commonly start within one week or up to 14 days after exposure. These symptoms include fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty breathing. Additional symptoms such as aches, pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea have been reported in some patients.

Some precautions families should take:

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home if sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Stay away from other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your area, especially for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

Wear a face mask if you’re not fully vaccinated and when you’re not able to social distance from others.

Follow the latest information on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ website and find more COVID-19 resources including information on keeping your aging loved ones safe from COVID-19, tips for making your children feel safe during this scary time, recommendations on hand sanitizer use and more so that you can keep your kiddos safe.

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MORE RESOURCES

Breaking Down Omicron: What Parents Should Know About the COVID-19 Variant

The pronunciation doesn't matter — just know that the new variant is the most contagious COVID-19 strain so far.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for COVID-19 Vaccine

Have a shot-wary kid? Here’s how to prepare them for the COVID-19 vaccine.

How to Navigate the Holidays During COVID

With a little prep, masks and vaccines, you can safely celebrate the holidays during COVID.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11 Receives Final Approval

An FDA Advisory Panel votes 17-0 to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11.

What To Do If Your Child Is Exposed To COVID-19

Coronavirus cases are on the rise. Here are some tips and next steps to follow if your child is exposed to COVID-19.

Where to Buy Face Masks for Kids

All Michiganders that are able to wear face masks are encouraged to do so in public spaces. Here we offer tips on properly wearing a mask along with places to buy cute face masks for kids.

How to Help Kids Get Used to Being Around People Again

As many children return to in-person learning and crowds gather again, families are navigating new types of anxieties. Here's how to cope.

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EDUCATION DURING THE PANDEMIC

When coronavirus hit, students, teachers and parents needed to make a quick switch over to virtual learning. It was a huge readjustment and some parents and kids may still be grappling with it.

If you need help supporting your kids through online school, check out these resources, including ways to get kids to pay attention, issues that parents still navigating online school are worried about, brain break ideas and more.

We also offer expert advice on helping kids of all ages who are heading back to the classroom adjust and overcome their anxieties associated with school during COVID. 

The Kids Are Not All Right

Kids these days are faced with school gun violence, staff and supply shortages, COVID, learning loss and more. Find out how they are being affected by it.
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AT-HOME ACTIVITIES

The stay-home orders might be a thing of the past, but until our kids can get vaccinated, many parents may feel more comfortable keeping their kids at home — and that means boredom may start to creep in. 

But time spent at home doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there’s plenty of opportunities for family fun at home.

Some options include streaming services, which offer tons of kid shows and movies for kids, experiments to keep kids’ science chops on point, board games, recipes ideas and so much more.

Family Movies Coming Out in 2022

2022 is welcoming tons of family-friendly flicks. Here are 19 of our favorite kids movies coming out this year.

Watch This, Do That: Encanto

'Even in our darkest moments, there’s light where you least expect it.'

Watch This, Do That: The Parent Trap (1998)

After watching this classic '90s film, try these activities including peanut butter Oreo cookies and learning a special handshake.

Best Family Movies and Shows That Just Hit Streaming Services in January

Find something fun to watch with your kids this month.

Races to Add To Your Winter Running Routine

Get your fill of running fun at one of these races put on by local organizations.

Glenlore Trails Offers Winter Wonderland In Commerce Township

Glenlore Trails in Commerce Township offers an interactive sensory trail packed with fun for all ages and provides relief for activity-starved families this winter.

Free Coloring Pages for Kids of All Ages

Kids can get colorful and creative with these fun and free coloring pages for kids, which include friendly monsters, Detroit Tigers, Disney characters and more.

Drive-In Movies Near Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get a retro movie-going experience.

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COVID-19 IN MICHIGAN

The pandemic left many families feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Sure, it brought the worst out in some people, but it also brought out the best in others and it really proved the resilience and compassion of Michiganders. 

We saw this with a local mom that organized DIY masks for area hospitals toward the beginning of the pandemic and with an uptick in pet adoptions

Explore some of the feel-good stories that came from your community, get more information on how coronavirus affected out Michigan and learn about freebies you can score with proof of vaccination, too.

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