MECOSTA, OSCEOLA AND LAKE COUNTIES – District Health Department No. 10 and Central Michigan District Health Department will temporarily closed branch offices to the public effective Monday through April 5.

In the meantime, services will be provided online and by appointment only.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” DHD No. 10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes said in a news release. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, we recognized the need to take these steps to protect the public and our staff as well.”

Those in need of public health services, may call the state’s hotline at 888-535-6136 or their local health department branch to schedule an appointment. More information may be found online at dhd10.org and cmdhd.org.

PHONE SCAM ALERT

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned Michiganders Thursday that scammers are spoofing phone numbers of at least one local public health department and calling residents to offer medication, while asking for their Medicaid and Medicare numbers for billing purposes.

Incoming calls to the local health department are then jamming up phone lines and delaying official business in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Anyone who receives a phone call they suspect to be a scam should hang up the phone. No one should give out personal information to an unsolicited caller.

Suspected scams, as well as price-gouging, may be reported at michigan.gov/ag or by calling 877-765-8388.