Joint Information Center
Thursday, June 18
As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, Calhoun County has a cumulative total of 444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD), with a total of 29 deaths attributed to the virus. This information is updated once daily, Monday through Friday, at

New AccessVision Program
The Calhoun County Unified Command Team is back again with a new community update on COVID-19. The new program is airing on AccessVision at the top of each hour, outside of regular programming.

Watch on Comcast 17/917, AT&T 99, or at the Live 17 tab at You also can watch this program on demand at .

The program gives an update on COVID-19 testing topics, shares reopening plans, and more.

The Unified Command Team is Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury, Calhoun County Public Health Department Health Officer Eric Pessell, and Calhoun County Administrator/Controller Kelli Scott.
Willard Beach Reopens
The City of Battle Creek is pleased to announce that Willard Beach reopens today. We opened it to the public June 10, and closed it again the same day due to storm damage.

Power is restored in the park. However, the large pavilion at the top of the hill is taped off and not available; there is a hole in the roof that we must repair before visitors can use it.

Willard Beach is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fees are $2 per person, or $5 per car.

Permanent restrooms are open, and staff clean them regularly. Other pavilions are available to rent – call 269-966-3431. Please observe social distancing when you visit.

Health Department Services Available
As with other functions within Calhoun County government, CCPHD is expanding the hours and availability of clinical services offered through the Battle Creek and Albion locations. CCPHD reminds residents that Immunizations, Tuberculosis (TB) testing, STI/HIV, and Family Planning services are currently available by appointment only. 
Appointments can be made by calling Albion clinic (517-629-9434) on Mondays and Wednesdays, or the Battle Creek clinic (269-969-6363) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
CCPHD’s Childhood Hearing and Vision Program is also available for hearing and vision screenings. Parents or guardians should call 269-969-6389 to schedule an appointment for their child. Note that program staff continues to have limited hours, therefore, if you do not reach someone directly, be sure to leave a message and the technician will return your call.

Other Governments Reopening Plans:
City of Springfield
The City of Springfield reopened to the public on June 8. Residents and guests must enter City Hall through the side door via the ramp. This creates a one-way entry and exit system. Individuals must practice social distancing indoors in all municipal facilities, including the public safety building. Residents and guests must also wear a mask. Business with the City is encouraged via phone, email, website , or the postal service.

City of Marshall
The City of Marshall reports that city buildings will continue to be closed to the public through the month of June, although staff are reporting in person. The city held its June 15 City Council meeting in-person, outdoors at the new Cronin Millrace Pavilion in Ketchum Park. Visit the Marshall website.

City of Albion
A press release was issued from City Manager Darwin McClary on June 3 about the ongoing closure of Albion City Buildings. For news from the city, visit its website .

For updates from Calhoun County, about County operations and COVID-19 in Calhoun County, visit the County website,

For updates from the City of Battle Creek, please visit .

The State’s COVID-19 Hotline is available for anyone who has questions or concerns related to the virus. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 1-888-535-6136. For state COVID-19 information, visit
For information, contact
Lucy Blair, Calhoun County Communications Manager

Jessica Vanderkolk, City of Battle Creek Communications Manager