Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Officer
Andre Reed - Deputy Health Officer
Emily Nelson - Public Health Nursing Services Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014


COVID Vaccine
Clinic Information
& Guidance
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Respiratory illnesses COVID-19, RSV, and Influenza continue to circulate in our community, especially at increased rates during the winter months. People should understand how best to protect themselves and what to do when they experience symptoms.

Here are few simple strategies to best protect yourself:

  • Get an annual COVID-19 and Flu shot. These vaccines are available at providers, pharmacies, and clinics. BCHD will be providing COVID, Flu , and RSV vaccines along with all other immunization services. BCHD has a very limited supply of RSV monoclonal antibody immunization.
  • If you develop symptoms –
    • STAY HOME!
    • Get a COVID Test! (we offer free at-home tests or you can order free at-home tests here:
    • Call your Doctor or Healthcare Provider! – if you are positive for COVID, they can provide medications to treat you and if you are negative they can help determine what virus you may have (like the flu or RSV) and can also provide medications to treat you.

Recommendations for people who test positive for

Click here for CDC's Isolation and Exposure calculator.

For more information on respiratory illnesses visit: