March 25 – DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE (PM)

March 27, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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

GRATITUDE EXPRESSED
STATE DECISION ON COVID-19 TRANSFERS
TEMPORARY AMBULATORY CONSOLIDATION
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ORDER ON SCREENING
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FRIDAY
RETAIL FOOD HOURS CHANGE


GRATITUDE EXPRESSED

The Command Center wants to express deep gratitude to all staff who have been working tirelessly to meet the demands of this pandemic. We are in awe of the can-do spirit of everyone in our health system — the clinical people on the front lines taking such good care of our patients — and all of the other staff making sure we have what we need to ensure operations, technology and all support services are in place as rapidly as possible. We are so proud to be part of this amazing team, the Leaders & the Best!

STATE DECISION ON COVID-19 TRANSFERS

The Michigan Governor’s office announced today that due to Detroit area hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the state is beginning implementation of a “load balancing plan” for hospitals, asking hospitals outside of Southeast Michigan to accept patients from other hospitals that are currently at or near capacity. Referrals will begin within regions and hospital capacity will be taken into consideration.

Based on our own COVID-19 forecasting models, we have been closely reviewing our ability to ramp up capacity, including increasing the number of double-occupancy RICU rooms and creating additional negative pressure rooms. We are also in active conversations with the university about conversion of dorms or other areas. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

TEMPORARY AMBULATORY CONSOLIDATION

In order to limit exposure for our patients, their families, and our staff, and redeploy staff as needed throughout the health system, we have made several adjustments at our outpatient clinics. Please click here for specific consolidations and continued openings.

Non-essential appointments are being rescheduled, or, in many cases, turned into E-Visits or Video Visits. All clinics are still accessible by telephone. If patients have questions about appointments, they can call their clinic or send their provider team messages through our Patient Portal.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ORDER ON SCREENING

University of Michigan attorneys have determined, after careful review, that the March 25 Washtenaw County Public Health Emergency Order requiring screening procedures does not apply to the university or Michigan Medicine. There will be no change to our current screening processes and questions. We will continue to distribute masks to those healthcare workers entering our medical facilities.

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY

To keep employees apprised of COVID-19 related activities across the organization, a virtual Town Hall will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday. Leaders will discuss current operations, development of contingency plans to care for future patients, employee safety and benefits, and workforce planning due to operational ramp downs.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, send it to coronavirus-info@med.umich.edu with Subject: TOWN HALL QUESTION.

To join the call, select from the following options:

Web Browser

https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eevfgfjx

Joining via a mobile device?

a) Open this link : https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eevfgfjx b) Download the Blue Jeans app if you don’t have it already.
c) Enter event ID : eevfgfjx

Phone

a) Dial the following number: +1 (415) 466-7000 (US)
b) Enter the participant PIN: 8627107 followed by # to confirm.

RETAIL FOOD HOURS CHANGING

The hospital’s Einstein Bagel store hours for weekdays have changed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Revised food service hours are listed in the attached document. The U-M Café remains open 24 hours, every day.

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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