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Michigan Army National Guard, WUPHD, and Finlandia Nursing team up to support U.P. healthcare workers, encourage vaccine and testing

September 24, 2021

On Sept. 28, Finlandia will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. The event is open to the public, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with antigen test results available within 15 minutes. Members of the Michigan Army National Guard, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and Finlandia Nursing program will all be on-site to assist and administer tests and vaccines.

Leonard D. Uller, Major, USAF, MI Army National Guard and DMVA Liaison to MDHHS provided a statement on MING’s COVID-19 support in the State of Michigan:

The Michigan National Guard (MING) mobilize and deploy Airmen and Soldiers throughout the State of Michigan to provide Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) to preserve life and ease of suffering to Michigan citizens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. MING partners with the MDHHS, Local Health Departments and the State of Michigan in an effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccination and Antigen/PCR testing to every citizen in the State of Michigan. MING stands ready to support state agencies and local communities with mitigating the spread of COVID-19, providing aid to citizens of the State of Michigan affected by the disease, and building trust and confidence in the State of Michigan’s response.

Tuesday’s clinic will serve as the first in a series of surveillance testing that will drive Finlandia’s decision-making regarding COVID-19. Confirmed cases among students, faculty, and staff have remained very low and for the time being, are not showing any sustained upward trend. The university continues to assess risk levels both on and off-campus. 

“Finlandia nursing students have been very active in supporting healthcare workers in fighting COVID over the past 18 months,” Associate Nursing Professor Mark Miron said. “They have staffed many vaccine and/or testing clinics, and have helped WUPHD conduct contact tracing and outreach. They have done outreach for Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly, ensuring elder program participants’ needs were met and have conducted Zoom educational sessions for residents of Phoenix House when they [PH residents] were confined to the house, unable to engage in normal program activities.”

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