Important COVID-19 Update from Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

March 14, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership, Updates & Resources

To all employees of Michigan Medicine:

We want to thank everyone for the work they are doing as we deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize these efforts are well outside normal work, and this is greatly appreciated. We are providing you with an update of the COVID-19 situation in the community.

The state of Michigan currently has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there are three Washtenaw County residents. We are committed to keeping you informed, so we are sharing that a second inpatient at the University of Michigan Health System is positive for COVID-19 and in critical condition.

This patient is in appropriate isolation and staff are using appropriate personal protective equipment.

Risk of infection is low for our staff and visitors, even if you work in University Hospital or near the unit where the patient is isolated. Risk is considered high if you have prolonged exposure to a someone with symptoms without appropriate protective equipment. We will review this patient’s course through hospitalization to ensure there were no gaps in care.

However, if you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID19 in any way contact Occupational Health at (734) 764-8021, Monday through Friday, or email for further direction.

Now that we have multiple patients under our care, we will not send out notice for further COVID-19 positive patients. We want staff to move forward understanding there are patients with COVID-19 in the system, but be assured they are being cared for with all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of disease. 

We appreciate your efforts during this constantly changing and challenging situation. Again, the safety of our patients and our employees is our top priority, so we are planning to make major changes to entrances to our buildings.


Some important entrance changes will occur Monday. To ensure effective screening of everyone entering our facilities, we will be closing a significant number of entrances around the main medical campus.

We will be limited to 11 points of entry during the day and seven at night, see maps attached. These changes will take place at 4 a.m. Monday.

The entrances that will remain open, Monday through Friday, 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. are:

  1. Rogel Cancer Center main entrance
  2. Dock 5 booth
  3. Radiation/Oncology entrance
  4. Adult Emergency
  5. University Hospital main entrance
  6. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Emergency
  7. C.S. Mott Children’s main entrance
  8. University Hospital South Employee entrance
  9. Frankel Cardiovascular Center Main entrance
  10. Medical School/Cancer Center Connector
  11. Taubman/P2/P3 Level 2 Entry Door

The entrances that will remain open, Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and on weekends are:

  1. Rogel Cancer Center main entrance
  2. Adult Emergency
  3. University Hospital main entrance 
  4. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Emergency
  5. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital main entrance
  6. Frankel Cardiovascular Center main entrance – Entrance Services/GSS Screening
  7. Taubman/P2/P3 Level 2 Entry Door

This remains a fluid and dynamic situation, and your flexibility is much appreciated. We recognize this will present some challenges, however, this is part of our efforts to keep patient and employee safety a top priority.

For additional questions:

An FAQ is posted in Headlines and updated frequently. If you have specific questions about COVID19 and your work at Michigan Medicine, go to the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology page for updates.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for on these web pages, please email and your question will be answered as quickly as possible.  Do not use this email for sharing patient health information.

Again, we appreciate all you are doing to ensure that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and employees. The hospital incident command center will be open is open today and through the weekend and managing and planning for COVID-19 effects is the organization’s main goal.

Jeffrey Desmond, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer