Weekly Fishing Report – Aug. 26, 2020

Weekly Fishing Report – Aug. 26, 2020

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Brook trout fishing was good in rivers and streams across the Upper Peninsula and the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. No real word on salmon in the rivers just yet.

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Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake EriePerch fishing slowed considerably. The best action was in front of the River Raisin near buoys 1 and 2. Walleye are showing up once more. Fish were caught near Fermi and Buoy E near Bolles Harbor. Plenty of catfish are being taken from the Hot Pond by those casting crawlers and shrimp.

Washtenaw CountyFishing was slow throughout the county, as most anglers reported limited to no success with only a few small bass and small panfish caught. Not many reports of good catches on the Portage Lake Chain and the Halfmoon Chain.

Detroit RiverHad very little as far as walleye reports; however, perch anglers were getting some near Sugar Island when fishing near the Cross-Dike with minnows. Smallmouth bass could be found near Grosse Ile and Stoney Island.

Harbor BeachAnglers caught a mix of walleye and lake trout with the occasional Chinook or steelhead 2 miles out and south in 120 to 130 feet with spoons near the bottom. Those fishing northeast in 100 feet also found a few fish about halfway down.

Port AustinWalleye anglers were fishing Hat Point Reef, but catch rates were slow.

Saginaw Bay: Walleye are done for now, but the yellow perch action is slowly picking up. The better fishing was straight out from Linwood, near the old shipping channel and about a mile east of Spoils Island in 17 feet. Getting minnows has been a little bit of a problem, but if you can find them, perch prefer shiners but not golden shiners. Perch anglers off Quanicassee had mixed results. Some were getting five to 10 fish per person, some boats had less, and some had more. Try 6 to 10 feet and move around to find active fish. From Sebewaing to Bay Port, the few boats out looking for perch and walleye had limited results. Walleye fishing slowed throughout the eastern part of the bay.

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Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph: Perch fishing was slow, as the fish were scattered in 25 to 60 feet. Boat anglers targeting salmon had fair catch rates with Chinook, coho and lake trout caught in 115 feet or so. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum and a few catfish. The water warmed up, so steelhead fishing was very slow.

South Haven: Perch fishing was inconsistent, as some anglers had nice catches while many others had very few. Most were fishing to the south in 40 to 55 feet. Salmon fishing was decent; however, the fish were scattered in 80 to well beyond 120 feet. Pier fishing was slow for all species as the water warmed back up.

Kalamazoo River: Had fair to good bass fishing in the early morning when working the shoreline and weed beds.

Lake Macatawa: The DNR boat launch remains closed due to high water.

Port Sheldon: Salmon action slowed, but fish were still being found in 80 to 160 feet when trolling green flies and meat rigs 55 to 100 feet down. Glow spoons and plugs produced a few salmon in low-light conditions.

Grand Haven: Pier fishing was slow. The Harbor Island boat launch remains closed due to high water.

Grand River near Grand Rapids: Bass anglers continue to find a few fish near the weeds and docks when using crawlers, plastics or spinners. Catfish were found early or late with crawlers, cut bait and stink baits. Closer to the big lake, fishing was slow in Sterns Bayou and Petty’s Bayou.

Grand River near Lansing: Smallmouth bass were still being caught near the dams.  Channel cats were caught throughout the evening or early morning when using cut bait or minnows. Panfish were caught on crawlers, minnows and leeches.

Wamplers Lake: In Jackson county was producing some panfish.

Maple River: Had very good fishing. Anglers had success on a wide variety of fish, including bluegills, catfish, bass and pike.

Muskegon: Catch rates slowed; however, boat anglers were still seeing a mix of salmon and steelhead. The salmon were scattered 45 to 100 feet down in 80 to 240 feet and hitting glow spoons, plugs and green meat rigs. Steelhead were hitting orange and green spoons.

Muskegon River: Fishing has been up and down due to the weather. Most anglers were catching smallmouth bass and various panfish. Perch and pike fishing picked up along the river. Trout fishing was slow on the Little Muskegon due to water levels.

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Northeast Lower Peninsula

Cheboygan: Lake trout were caught off Poe Reef when trolling spoons. A couple Chinook salmon up to 10 pounds were caught on spoons in the shipping channel.

Cheboygan River: Had no reports of salmon yet. Those drifting worms at the DNR Station, the walk-over bridge and up at the dam caught walleye, smallmouth bass and rock bass. Anglers also had luck catching pike when casting crankbaits at the dam.

Burt and Mullett Lakes: Perch fishing picked up. Jumbo-size fish were caught in both lakes, but not in any one location.

Rogers City: The better fishing for trout and salmon continues between Swan Bay and Adams Point extremely early before 5 a.m. or near sunset. The fish were picky, and getting them to bite was difficult. Most were using spoons, J-plugs, meat rigs and bombers throughout the water column in 50 to 125 feet.

Presque IsleIs producing a mixed bag of trout and salmon for those finding baitfish or colder water near the thermocline. Most were using spoons along with attractors, flies, squid and spin-glo’s. The odd Chinook or Atlantic salmon have also been caught.

Otsego Lake: Walleye anglers caught a couple fish; however, weeds made fishing difficult.

Alpena: Anglers caught lake trout, pink salmon, steelhead and walleye when trolling spoons and spin-glo’s in 90 to 160 feet at the “Humps” and near the Nordmeer wreck. Lake trout were found near bottom, with silver fish scattered throughout the lower half of the water column. Silver, orange, blue and green were good colors. Walleye were scattered with only a few caught in 35 to 80 feet when trolling lead core with spoons and body baits.

Thunder Bay River: Fishing was slow, but anglers found a few rock bass and smallmouth bass when floating crawlers and leeches. Bullhead and a couple channel cats were caught in the evening with crawlers or stink baits. The odd walleye was caught when trolling a crawler harness.

Oscoda: Trout, salmon and walleye were caught when trolling spoons or spin-glo’s in 90 to 160 feet between the river and Greenbush. The odd Chinook and coho were also found. Lake trout were found both on the bottom and suspended, while walleye and silver fish were scattered between 30 feet down and the bottom. Gold, orange, purple, blue and green were hot colors. Pier anglers caught smallmouth bass, rock bass and yellow perch on crawlers.

Au Sable River: A few smallmouth bass and northern pike were caught on crank baits and soft plastics. A couple channel cats were taken on crawlers in the evening.

Higgins Lake: The lake trout action has slowed considerably. Smallmouth bass were caught by those working the drop-off. Rock bass are still being caught.

Houghton Lake: Catch rates were on the slow side. Walleye and bluegills were taken in small numbers near the Cut River. A few largemouth bass were caught along the south shore.

Tawas: A few small perch were caught inside the bay near the weed beds with perch rigs and minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Walleye were caught near buoys 4 and 6 with lindy rigs or Erie dearies with crawlers. Steelhead and walleye were found out past Buoy #2 in 60 to 70 feet with downriggers and spoons. Catch rates for steelhead have been good. The few targeting smallmouth bass inside the bay and out near the point had released close to 30 fish.

Tawas River: Anglers caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and some bluegills when using crawlers at Gateway Park.

Au Gres: Walleye fishing has been slow, with only a few fish caught out near the Charity Islands or south near Pt. Au Gres when using body baits, spoons or crawlers in 15 to 30 feet. Perch were caught in front of the Pine River and south toward the Saganing and Pinconning bars when using minnows in 15 to 17 feet.

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Northwest Lower Peninsula

Petoskey: Boat anglers fishing from the break wall to Magnus Park caught a few Chinook 100 to 135 feet down but most were smaller fish. Those heading west did better for lake trout when fishing near the bottom. Most were using spoons, meat rigs and flasher/fly combos. More anglers were on the Bear River, but very few fish had been caught. Shore anglers targeting salmon in the early morning could see them, but none were caught.

Charlevoix: Boats heading straight out and fishing 110 feet down did find a couple salmon when trolling spoons. Those jigging around South Point caught cisco and lake trout in 100 to 120 feet. There has been no activity in Medusa Creek. Those fishing the channel have caught smallmouth bass with live or artificial crawlers and leeches. No salmon in the channel yet.

Traverse City: Salmon were caught in the East Bay on the south bank, around Deepwater Point and near the white wall. Cisco fishing was good when the bite was on.  Bass fishing was slow. In the West Bay, salmon were caught in the hole in front of the Boardman River. No big numbers yet, but a few. Lake trout fishing was slow. Those trying for smallmouth bass were struggling.

Grand Traverse County: Slow fishing was reported on Long Lake, Bass Lake, Elk Lake and Lake Skegemog.

Leland: Lake trout were still being caught deep off the harbor and near North Manitou Island. Salmon were also caught, but still low numbers.

Lake Leelanau: Walleye were caught on the south end of the South Lake. A few Chinook were also caught, but the fish were smaller.

Frankfort: Chinook salmon were hitting in 90 to 150 feet when trolling spoons 40 to 80 feet down. Some good-size fish have been caught, but the numbers were on the low side. Platte Bay anglers reported good numbers of coho in West Bay when trolling and jigging.

Onekama: The Chinook bite was spotty, with a few landed out deep in 250 feet or more and working the top 100 feet with spoons. Anglers reported good numbers of baitfish.

Portage Lake: Water temperatures are still on the rise, and the bite was on the slow side. Bass, perch, and panfish anglers reported some activity but lots of little ones.

Manistee: Chinook and coho were caught 60 to 90 feet down in 80 to 200 feet to the north and south as well as along the Shelf when using spoons, J-plugs, meat rigs and a flasher/fly combo. The bite was hit or miss at times. A few lake trout and steelhead were also caught. Pier fishing was slow.

Manistee River: Continues to provide some decent brown trout and the occasional steelhead. Pike and bass fishing were good below the dams.

Ludington: A mix of Chinook and coho were caught straight out from the harbor, off the projects to the south and around Big Sable Point 45 to 80 feet down in 50 to 160 feet. Fishing was hit-or-miss at times. A few lake trout and steelhead were caught on spoons, meat rigs and J-plugs. A couple Chinook were caught in the harbor and off the pier.

Pere Marquette Lake: A few Chinook salmon were caught both trolling and jigging, but the action was still hit or miss.

Pere Marquette River: Those using spawn, beads or a jig and wax worm caught the occasional steelhead in the deeper holes.

Mecosta County: The Martiny Chain was good in the early morning for panfish and pike. A few good size bass were also caught. Chippewa Lake was slow, with only a few largemouth bass and panfish caught.

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Upper Peninsula

Rivers and streams had good trout fishing. The pike and walleye action picked up some on the inland lakes.

Keweenaw Bay: Those fishing Keweenaw Bay and Huron Bay caught lake trout when trolling or jigging. A few limit catches were reported. Traverse Bay is also producing a decent number of lake trout along with a few coho. Boat anglers are having to do some searching to find fish.

Marquette: Anglers are catching lake trout about 5 or 6 per trip but no limits. Most were fishing the drop-offs in 150 to 180 feet from the White Rocks to Granite Island, the Clay Banks and near Little Presque Isle. Surface water temperatures were still warm, from the mid 60’s to near 70 degrees near shore. Still no real Chinook or coho action other than a few scattered reports.

Little Bay de Noc: The best walleye fishing continues to be in the southern waters near Round Island and out by the Minneapolis Shoals when trolling a crawler harness or stick baits in 10 to 30 feet at night or early morning. Fair perch catches near Kipling with worms in 10 to 20 feet and near the ship docks in Escanaba in 30 feet. Good smallmouth action when casting plastics in 6 to 12 feet at the mouth of the Ford River.

Manistique River: Salmon are in, but the numbers are low. The better catches were from shore up near the gates of the dam. Several brown trout were also reported in the area. Walleye fishing was excellent, with many limits reported. Shore anglers fishing the “Bass Hole” by the overpass bridge reported excellent catches just using crawlers in the fast water. Boat anglers headed to the high dam spillover area also did well fishing the fast water with a jig and crawler.

Manistique Lakes: Fishing slowed, but a few walleyes were caught just before dawn and shortly after dusk with crankbaits and crawler harnesses.

Munising: Had no real salmon action yet; however, boat anglers reported fair catches of lake trout near Wood Island Reef, Grand Portal and Trout Bay.

St. Marys River: Was producing walleye, pink salmon, Atlantic salmon and pike.

Raber: Good walleye catches reported on the north end of Lime Island when trolling a crawler harness just off the weed beds in 12 feet in the early morning. A couple musky were caught from the north end of Raber Bay to Point Aux Frense with a large bucktail spinner with yellow spotted blades in 8 feet.

Detour: Salmon fishing improved at the Detour Reef and Lighthouse, with anglers getting Chinook, Atlantic and pink salmon. Chinook were hitting chartreuse and white J-plugs 55 feet down in 90 to 100 feet, and pink salmon were up higher at 35 to 40 feet down. Lake trout were found in 90 feet 2 miles south of the lighthouse. They continue to hit orange and white spin-glo’s behind flashers.

Cedarville and Hessel: Had fair catches of yellow perch at Island #8 Bridge, off Hill Island Road, Connors Point and near the Viking Boat Works in Cedarville Bay in 12 to 14 feet with worms and shiners. Good pike action at the Middle Entrance to the Les Cheneaux Islands when using large minnows and creek chubs two cranks off the bottom in 20 feet. For Hessel, perch were caught from the finger docks. Fair pike action at the marina in the early morning with large minnows in 8 feet.

St. Ignace: A couple coho and steelhead were caught in St. Martins Bay when trolling spoons in 60 to 100 feet. Those targeting walleye near the mouth of the Pine River in 10 to 30 feet had no luck. On the Carp River, a few walleye and perch were caught by those fishing from the wall. Most were drifting and bottom bouncing worms and leeches.

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Fishing Tip: Glow lures can be popular with Great Lakes salmon

Salmon fishing on the Great Lakes is really hitting its stride, as many species are getting ready to begin their upstream migration.

One tactic that can be particularly useful when targeting Chinook is fishing with glow lures. This species often can be caught near the surface in low-light conditions, and glow lures make that opportunity even more appealing.

In particular, glow lures work well in the early morning hours before the sun comes up or at night. Many believe this type of lure attracts salmon because it can be seen in the dark from longer distances and encourages them to strike.

Are you interested in targeting Chinook salmon this late summer/early fall? Check out our salmon webpage.

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This report is intended to give you an idea of what is going on around the state. Updates come from Fisheries staff and conservation officers. With more than 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, not all locations can be listed. However, it is safe to say if a species is being caught in some waters in the area, they are likely being caught in all waters in that section of the state that have that species.

FEMA Approves $300 Per Week to Unemployed Michiganders

FEMA Approves $300 Per Week to Unemployed Michiganders


August 21, 2020 

Media Contact: [email protected] 


FEMA Approves Whitmer Administration’s Application for Federal Funding to Provide an Additional $300 Per Week to Unemployed Michiganders 

Governor again calls on the president, Congress to work together on a longer-term recovery package to bolster unemployment benefits 


LANSING, Mich. — Today, the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s application for funding that would provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. 


“This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a short term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” said Governor Whitmer. “We need the president, Mitch McConnell, and Congress to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package that will help us save lives and get people back on their feet. Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf.” 


The UIA estimates that under the program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25% matching funds required for participation. Eligible claimants will be paid benefits retroactive to August 1. It is unclear at this time how long funding for the program will last. 


“This additional $300 a week will provide some much needed support to those who are still struggling to make ends meet during this time of extreme need,” said Steve Gray, Director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. “Our goal now is to work as quickly as possible to implement this new program to get people the benefits they need.” 


At this time, claimants do not have to take any action to receive the additional benefit amount provided by the program. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible to receive at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments. This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. 


State leaders urge customers struggling to seek help with energy bills

State leaders urge customers struggling to seek help with energy bills


Media Contact: Matt Helms 517-284-8300
Customer Assistance: 800-292-9555

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are urging customers to be proactive in seeking help if they find themselves unable to pay their energy bills and to not wait to receive a shut off notice or are almost out of propane or fuel oil.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn continue and as the winter heating season approaches, many Michiganders may find themselves needing assistance for the first time. If you’ve recently become unemployed or have lost income due to the pandemic, you should first contact your energy provider or propane supplier to ask what options may be available to you.

Assistance is also available through the State Emergency Relief (SER) program and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). If you need immediate assistance in getting a delivery for propane for fuel oil, help keeping your energy services on or restoring services that have been disconnected, the quickest way is to apply for SER is online through MI Bridges at www.michigan.gov/mibridges. If you need help applying or navigating the application process, call 211 and ask for a MEAP grantee near you for help.

If you have already received SER, you still may be eligible for additional assistance because the caps on assistance have increased. Households who qualify for SER also qualify for assistance through MEAP, which provides supplemental bill payment assistance and energy self-sufficiency services. You can connect with a MEAP provider during your MI Bridges SER application process, by calling 211 or going to mi211.org.

“There are still MEAP funds available to assist customers in need of energy assistance and self-sufficiency services” said MPSC Chair Dan Scripps. “Also, the amount of funding available per person was increased from $2,000 to $3,000, but goes back down after Sept. 30, so it’s important that customers seek assistance right away if they have a past due account or are struggling to pay their energy bills.”

Additional energy assistance is also available through the Home Heating Credit.  The Michigan Department of Treasury determines eligibility and makes payments for this program. Application forms are available from the Department of Treasury, local Department of Health & Human Services offices, and anywhere Michigan tax forms are available. The application period is January to September 30. You do not need to file a state income tax return, you may apply for the Home Heating Credit only. Eligibility is based on income, number of exemptions and household heating costs. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/treasury.

“These are unprecedented times and many Michiganders find themselves in circumstances they’ve not faced before. Help is available. Those who have lost jobs or income may find they are now eligible for assistance they may not have previously needed,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Due to recent policy changes we are now processing emergency requests faster than ever, and it is easier to access benefits. Don’t delay in seeking the help you need.”

In response to COVID-19, the following changes to SER policy have been put in place:

  • A phone interview is no longer required — reduces the amount of time it takes to process an application.
  • Increase in assistance cap — allows households to receive an additional $300 in assistance per commodity for the remainder of the fiscal year.
  • Suspension of one-time energy assists — allows customers to get more assistance if they have not reached their cap and are in need of additional help until Sept. 30, 2020.
  • The non-cash asset limit has been increased to $15,000 — allows more people in crisis to qualify for SER.
  • Elimination of required payments — eliminates SER shortfall copayment.

For information about the MPSC, visit www.Michigan.gov/MPSC, sign up for one of its listservs, or follow the Commission on Twitter.


low-income college students can apply for food assistance

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MDHHS CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112, wheatonb@michigan.gov

LEO CONTACT: Elyse Walter, 517-449-9731, waltere@michigan.gov

Michigan low-income college students enrolled in career and technical education programs can apply for food assistance

Benefits available to Perkins program enrollees for first time 

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan students in college Career and Technical Education programs returning to classes this fall are now eligible to receive food assistance if they meet other eligibility requirements.

The Michigan departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are encouraging students to apply for food assistance benefits online at Michigan.gov/MIBridges.

LEO and MDHHS sought and received federal approval for the new initiative – effective May 2020 – to address rising food insecurity among students that has been made worse by COVID-19.

Close to 16,000 low-income college students in Michigan who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are eligible to receive food assistance benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“As Michigan CTE students are preparing for high-demand, critical job openings, they shouldn’t have to worry about how they’ll get their next meal,” said LEO Director Jeff Donofrio. “These SNAP benefits will help them focus on their educational needs and prepare for a successful future.”

Previously, college students enrolled in qualifying CTE programs who attended school at least half-time could not qualify for SNAP benefits, even if they met income eligibility requirements, unless they fell into certain categories such as working at least 20 hours per week, caring for a child, or being unable to work.

“MDHHS was already working to help more people put nutritious food on the table prior to the pandemic,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “COVID-19 made this priority even more critical. Due to the pandemic, many students lost their jobs. As a result, they lost their SNAP eligibility through no fault of their own.”

College students in Michigan are now eligible for SNAP if they meet income and other program requirements and are enrolled at least half-time in an occupational program that leads to employment under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the Twenty-First Century Act of 2018 known as Perkins V.

“Expanding access to SNAP is a huge benefit to students who are juggling their courses along with work, family and other obligations,” said Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association. “We’re grateful that MDHHS expanded access and is making it so much easier to apply for benefits on MI Bridges.”

The Perkins Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program provides funding to 28 community colleges, three public universities and one tribal college to support pathways to high-wage, high-skilled and in-demand careers that require less than a bachelor’s degree.

Those institutions offer more than 3,600 qualifying programs, offering a certificate or associates degree to careers in fields such as information technology, health care, hospitality and manufacturing. There are nearly 90,000 students enrolled in these programs in Michigan. Some of those students may already be receiving food assistance benefits, while others will become eligible for this new opportunity.

For anyone currently enrolled in a Perkins program with an existing food assistance case who has experienced a loss of income, their MDHHS caseworker will determine Perkins program status to ensure the benefits are correct.

Any Perkins student who wants to apply for food assistance should provide documentation from their school that outlines their major and program or course of study to assist in determining their eligibility for SNAP. Examples could include a proof of registration and a document showing their major, program, or course of study. A caseworker will use that information to determine eligibility.

Students interested in applying for food assistance can go to Michigan.gov/MIBridges. Verification of enrollment in a Perkins program must be provided by the student or may be requested from the postsecondary institution.

Learn more about the Perkins Postsecondary CTE Program at Michigan.gov/LEO-Perkins.

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing To Include School-Age Children

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing To Include School-Age Children

Oakland County Expands Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing To Include School-Age Children

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County will expand its free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to include school-age children beginning August 31. Children must be from 4- to 17-years-old, have symptoms of coronavirus, and be residents of or attend school in Oakland County. Testing is available weekdays by appointment only.

“As the school year begins, we are here to support schools, teachers and families, learning in-person or remotely,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “The availability of testing for symptomatic children is important to isolating and controlling the spread of this disease in our schools and community.”

Parents can begin scheduling an appointment for their symptomatic children beginning Thursday August 27, 2020 through the Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call hotline at 800-848-5533. No doctor’s note or prescription is needed plus there is no fee.

“COVID-19 symptoms are milder in children than in adults, and some infected children may not have obvious signs of being sick,” Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said. “It is very important that parents and guardians trust their instincts and be overly cautious of all health and behavior changes, and keep their child home from school and contact their pediatrician, family care practitioner or our Nurse on Call if their child is even mildly ill.”

The Health Division encourages all residents to monitor their health symptoms carefully, including daily temperature checks, and to stay home when feeling mildly sick, or if feeling the onset of symptoms.

The Health Division offers drive-thru testing on Mondays and Wednesdays at the South Oakland Health Center at 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield; Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Oakland County government campus, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac; and on Fridays at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus at 28696 Oakland, Farmington Hills.

General COVID-19 resources can be found on the Health Division’s website at www.oakgov.com/covid or by contacting Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or [email protected]. Nurse on Call is available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

For media inquiries only please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.