COVID-19, Abortion Care, Resources
To Our Valued Patients:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives overnight. What has not changed is the compassion, dedication, and loving care the Northland Family Planning team is known for and will continue to provide you. Our staff is here, risking their health, prepared to provide you with the safest abortion care you deserve.
Since the beginning of March, we have had a strict plan to help ensure our patients and our staff members stay safe and healthy. For everyone's safety, we have made many changes to the way we see patients for the duration of this global pandemic. We are strictly following the health guidelines below. We anticipate that we will need to follow these new guidelines and restrictions for some time, even after the stay at home orders are eased. We will update this page and our procedures as needed, in accordance with the best safety advice and directives from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO). Public safety is always our top priority. Thank you for trusting us with your abortion care.
- If you have had any of the following symptoms of illness in the last 48 hours, call us to reschedule your appointment:
- Sore throat
- Fever (100.0 or higher)
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches/tiredness
- Runny nose
- General cold & flu symptoms
IF YOU COME TO THE CENTER WITH ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER.
IF YOU COME INTO THE OFFICE YOU MUST BE WEARING A FACE MASK. SCARVES, BANDANAS, AND VENTED MASKS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
You will be asked to leave and call us from your car for further instructions.
- We cannot allow guests into the office. PATIENTS ONLY will be allowed into the clinic. Patients who are minors are allowed ONE parent, and patients requiring a translator are allowed ONE translator. If you are scheduled for the abortion pill, you will be able to drive yourself. However, surgical abortion patients will need a ride home; your ride will not be allowed to wait in the office- they will need to wait outside in the car. We understand that patients like to have someone with them for support on the day of their appointment. We are sorry we cannot accommodate this right now due to the pandemic
- You will be asked to wait in your car during different parts of your appointment to maintain distance from other patients and staff
- In accordance with safety guidelines, you must wear a face mask to our facility for your entire appointment
- Once inside the clinic, a staff member will review with you how your appointment will proceed
- These changes may increase the amount of time you are here for your appointment. Again, this is about public safety
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Community While Social Distancing
In your city, your state, your country, and all over the globe, everyone is experiencing a wide range of difficulties. These range from the loss of normalcy, anxiety about less income or loss of a job, to the loss of a loved one. You are probably feeling a lot of different and conflicting ways—pent up, helpless, a new appreciation for things you took for granted, sad about not being able to be with friends and family in the ways you did before, happy about some time to accomplish projects you’ve had on your to-do list, angry about the virus even being here, angry about being asked to stay inside for your own safety, and scared of the uncertainty of it all. All of that is completely normal. While we are all in the same boat, our storms are different. The good news is there are things you can do from home to help yourself, and to help others.
*Domestic violence and abuse rates are on the rise. Domestic violence shows up as both physical and emotional abuse. If you are sheltered in place with your abuser, there are still resources and services available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have listed several below.
Taking Care of Yourself: Medical Needs
What Should I Do If I Feel Sick with COVID Symptoms?
- Stay home and call your doctor or your local health department if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- If you have symptoms but don’t have a doctor, call the Michigan COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136for answers to health-related questions. It is staffed 7 days a week from 8am - 5pm
- Do not go to the ER unless you have a medical emergency (trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face)
The City of Detroit has compiled information on doctors and practices both inside and outside the city who are accepting new patients, with and without insurance. For more information on resources and services in Detroit, check out the Coronavirus resources available.
The public health nurses at the Oakland County Health Division are taking calls answering questions you might have about your health and other healthcare resources. They have information regarding communicable diseases, pregnancy and child health, nutrition, and more. Any referrals given will be located in Oakland County. Call 1-800-848-5533.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to empower victims and survivors to find safety and live free of abuse. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text LOVEIS to 22522. Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing may use TTY 1-800-787-3224. Additionally, advocates who are Deaf are available 24/7 through the National Deaf Hotline by video phone at 1-855-812-1001, Instant Messenger (DeafHotline) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional Domestic Abuse/Violence Information:
On April 27, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court enacted Administrative Order No. 2020-11 to provide more protection for people living in situations of domestic violence. Per the order, any existing Personal Protection Order (PPO) set to expire between April 27, 2020, and June 1, 2020, is automatically extended to July 21, 2020.
911 Dispatch: Call if You Can, Text if you Can’t
If you are in a dangerous situation and need emergency help, call 911. If you are not able to make a phone call, you can text 911. To use the text-to-911 feature:
- Open a new text message and type 911 (no dashes) in the “To” field
- Your first text message should be brief and contain your location and the type of help needed
- Be ready to answer questions and follow the response instructions. Keep your messages short and clear
- Be aware that this feature is not offered in every county in Michigan
EVE offers a 24-hour crisis line at 1-517-372-5572 or through a live chat online at eveinc.org/24-hour-hotline. This line serves as not only an emergency line for those seeking shelter but connects victims and their families to resources that can help with counseling, legal aid, PPOs, and more.
Taking Care of Yourself: Emotional Care
Throughout the course of your day, you might go from your highest high to your lowest low, and everything in between. It is normal, and it’s happening to all of us. Adjusting to this “new normal” is not going to happen overnight.
Get outside, take a walk. Enjoy the nature that is around you. Schedule video calls with the friends and family members you miss- invite them to a virtual dance party! Connection, enjoyment, feeling accomplished—these are all important for your mental and emotional health.
*Domestic violence and abuse rates are on the rise. Domestic violence shows up as both physical and emotional abuse. If you are sheltered in place with your abuser, there are still resources and services available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have listed several above.
Headspace web service
A collection of meditation, sleep and movement exercises designed to help keep a strong and healthy mind. Free to Michiganders (normally a paid service)
National Disaster Distress Helpline
Offers 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.
Call: 1-800-985-5950 or Text: 66746
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides free and confidential support 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call: 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website
Michigan PEER Warmline
Staffed by peer support specialists, the warmline is for those living with serious mental health and/or substance use challenges. Provides resource referral and shared experience of recovery and hope. Call: 1-888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753)
Manage Anxiety & Stress During Coronavirus (English, Spanish) - An overview from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides tips for people in general, parents, first responders and those released from quarantine
Mental Health & COVID-19 - Advice, resources, and messages from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Taking Care of Your Community
Are you in a position to help those around you who are struggling? Consider one of the options below. Together, we will stay safe and healthy.
Reclaim is home to Southeast Michigan’s ONLY abortion fund, MI WIN. The MI WIN Fund raises money to help Northland Family Planning Center’s patients overcome the many barriers to high-quality abortion care. Since the beginning of this crisis, Reclaim has received a dramatic increase in requests for abortion funding. Reclaim needs your donations NOW so we can continue to help pregnant people in Michigan. A donation as small as $5 makes a huge impact in our ability to help pregnant people access abortion care.
The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages.
Kids are out of school, and Michigan workers are unemployed. The Food Bank Council of Michigan is helping to make sure that Michigan families stay fed.
The state has created a resource center for locating a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, how many seats in Congress each state gets, and so much more. The Census is crucial to making sure your community’s needs are represented, that your community’s needs are FUNDED, and your needs are met in the coming years.
A national election is coming up in November. Every election year, it feels like the stakes couldn’t be higher. This pandemic has highlighted in no uncertain terms the absolute abuses of power and lack of human compassion at the top of our government. States are not getting what they need to help keep their citizens alive- in fact, they have been put in the position to bid against each other or look to foreign governments for help with supplies. Misinformation has been widespread about the coronavirus. Health experts across the country believe this could haver and should have been handled differently. Our current federal government is not protecting you and your family. YOU make the difference in how the future is handled. This pandemic is not going away before November. Our future leaders will determine how we move forward. Make sure your voice is heard!
Make sure you are registered to vote. Want to do more? Volunteer to work on Election Day!