March 17 – DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE (PM)

March 18, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

NEW THIS EVENING: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • HR FAQs: COVID-19 PAID TIME OFF
  • BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED
  • MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCESS RESTRICTED
  • STUDENT CLINICAL ROTATION SUSPENSION
  • PARKING ENFORCEMENT SUSPENSION
  • CLOSING: 10 EAST UNIT AT ST. JOESEPH MERCY ANN ARBOR
  • GOGGLES AND SHIELDS CONSERVATION

HR FAQs: COVID-19 Paid Time Off

Following the university announcement about emergency paid time off for COVID-19 related instances, Michigan Medicine has developed an FAQ that clarifies how and when it is appropriate to use this special one-time paid time off. Click here to see the full FAQs.

If you have further questions or concerns, contact your Human Resources representative.

Blood Donations

The Red Cross has significant need of blood donations. There is potential for critical blood supply shortage. Appointments can be scheduled at other locations, including one at the Michigan Union on Thursday, at redcross.org.

Medical School Access Restricted

Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, all exterior doors to the Medical School currently on a Monday – Friday lock/unlock schedule will be secured 24/7 until further notice.

All occupants including staff, faculty, students, and contractors will be able to access card read doors with a valid Mcard.  Please contact and manage your anticipated visitors prior to their arrival until further notice.

Student Clinical Rotations

Based on recommendations from AAMC and LCME, effective immediately, the medical school will pause all student clinical rotations until at least March 31. Virtual learning opportunities will continue.

Parking

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, parking enforcement in campus lots and structures will be adjusted on a temporary basis to support the university community. 

  • Permit Parking

On North, Central and South campuses, regular enforcement will be suspended. Please note that all structures and surface lots on Medical Center Campus (P1-P5 structures and all parking areas that are designated with an “M” prefix) will remain enforced (Medical Center Campus Parking Map).

Individual parking spaces (such as Gold, Service or Business Vehicle) or areas signed for 24/7 enforcement will still remain enforced on all campuses.

  • Patient/Visitor Parking

Patient/Visitor parking on Medical Center Campus, including the Wall Street area, will remain enforced. 

Closing: 10 East Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor (SJMAA or St Joe’s) has notified Michigan Medicine that it will suspend the lease for the MSJ 10 East Medicine Unit temporarily at its hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Joe’s is planning to use the space for its own containment unit. All transfers to MSJ have been stopped and Michigan Medicine is developing plans to discharge or transfer care of patients on the unit by Friday. Note that Chelsea hospital will continue to accept transfers from Michigan Medicine ED to Chelsea Family Medicine service as usual, and we will continue our clinical practice at Chelsea.

Goggles and Shields

Due to potential shortage concerns, it is important to appropriately conserve supplies. Employees should follow the appropriate protocols to clean and reuse eye protection such as goggles and shields.

Still have 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 coronavirus-info@med.umich.edu and your question will be answered as quickly as possible.  Do not use this email for sharing patient health information.

Planning for COVID-19 impact remains is the organization’s main goal. Thanks for all you do to make employee and patient safety our top priority.

Jeffrey Desmond, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

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