March 21: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE (PM)

March 21, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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

  • APPROACH TO MITIGATE RISK OF EXPOSURE
  • TOWN HALL VIDEO
  • MASK/GLOVE DISPOSAL
  • ENTRANCE CHANGES
  • FOOD DELIVERY

APPROACHES TO MITIGATE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19

We have recently begun to see widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Southeastern Michigan. Early recognition of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is essential to minimizing risk of employee exposure.

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by droplet and direct contact spread.  Michigan Medicine droplet precautions (ear-loop face mask, eye protection, gown, and gloves) protect against transmission of COVID-19. 

Patients with cough, hypoxia, or pneumonia should be managed in droplet precautions even when respiratory viral testing (RPAN) is negative. They should remain in droplet precautions until a clear alternate etiology is determined, and they are clinically improving.   If there is clinical suspicion for COVID-19 that develops after a patient is admitted, the provider should contact the following to discuss the case and for approval for testing:

  • Adult COVID triage pager – 60707
  • Peds COVID Triage pager – 60738

If a provider wishes to remove a patient from droplet precautions, they should page IPE at 30032. 

What to do if you are exposed to a patient with confirmed COVID-19:

You should contact Occupational Health Services at 734 764-8021 if you are exposed to COVID-19.  OSH staff will determine the next best steps depending on your level of exposure.  This may involve staying home from work for a specified time period or continuing to work while monitoring for symptoms.

What to do if you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. On average, symptoms occur 5 days following exposure, but can occur from 2-14 days following exposure.  If you develop signs and symptoms potentially compatible with COVID-19, please call Occupational Health Services to evaluate for COVID-19 testing.

TOWN HALL VIDEO

Yesterday, leaders from Michigan Medicine hosted a video conference and provided COVID-19 related updates on current status, projections for the future, preparedness plans, PPE protocols, and new work teams. If you missed it, view it at https://youtu.be/3u-AzdnEkrI.

MASK AND GLOVE DISPOSAL

All masks and gloves should be removed and properly disposed in standard trash receptacles before leaving buildings.

ENTRANCE RESTRICTIONS

Updates have been made to the entrance restrictions that will be effective Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m.  A map is available here.

The Med Inn entrance will be closed for entry.

Entrances open 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Rogel Cancer Center main entrance
  • Adult Emergency Services (for patients)
  • University Hospital main entrance 
  • Children’s Emergency Services (for patients)
  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital main entrance
  • Medical School/Cancer Center Connector
  • University Hospital South Employee entrance

Entrances with limited hours:

  • Frankel Cardiovascular Center Main entrance: Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Radiation/Oncology entrance: Open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, but subject to change.
  • Level 2 Taubman/P2/P3 Connector: Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The UH Dock will maintain usual hours and the Mott dock is open for delivery. Employees must have their MCARD for entry. Thank you for your flexibility as we make these changes to keep our environment safe and secure.

FOOD DELIVERIES

Food deliveries can take place in the Med Inn vestibule from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Employees should not go out the door because there is no re-entry, and delivery staff should come into the vestibule. Delivery staff cannot go beyond the vestibule, or through double doors leading into the building.

Deliveries can be picked up at the C & W main entrance at all times. In addition, night deliveries are allowed, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week at the UH/Taubman entrance and the UH South employee entrance.

Staff receiving food deliveries are responsible for making sure the un-screened delivery person does not enter any building other than to drop off in the Med Inn vestibule. Staff should meet delivery drivers outside C & W main entrance, at the curb parking designated for deliveries.

DPSS will continue to assess and monitor this process for deliveries and change as needed. 

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.

Jeffrey Desmond, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

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