March 30: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE

March 31, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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

DAILY STATS
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SERVICES
COVID-19 TESTING FAQS
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH UPDATE
PPE USE UPDATES
SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES
USED PPE DISPOSAL

DAILY STATS

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 

As of March 30, 7  p.m. 

EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SERVICES

If you are a parent who provides direct patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, or essential support that helps to facilitate care, there are priority child care options for you. Kids Kare at Home, Family Helpers and offerings through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Child Care Network First Responder Care are resources available to all Michigan Medicine employees. You can find more information about these programs on Headlines.

TESTING FAQs

What is the likelihood of a false negative COVID test?

While no test is perfect, our in-house assays perform well and are able to detect very low levels of the virus in samples (0.1-0.5 copies/ul). Most of the patients are strongly positive. The rare false negative may occur because of limited sample collection or because the patient is early in their disease.

Can we use alternative specimen types, such as oral or nasal swabs?

At the moment, only nasopharyngeal swabs have been validated for diagnosis of COVID-19. We are working on validating oral or nasal specimens to show detection of virus.

I heard there is a new 5-minute test? Are we looking into using that?

We currently have multiple assays with differing analysis and timing. This combination of tests allows us to have the capacity and turnaround times to meet our patients’ needs. We continue to evaluate new tests as they are developed to improve both turnaround time and capacity. We are not using the Abbott 5-minute test at this time.

Will we be using serology tests soon?

Currently, the FDA has not authorized use of any of the new COVID-19 serology tests. Pathology is actively investigating serology testing options. The time it takes to perform these serology tests may limit their usefulness in acute situations.

PPE USE UPDATES

As always, employee safety is a top priority.  PPE recommendations are based on the level of risk of transmission.

See link below for updated recommendations that apply to all areas: adult, pediatric, inpatient, outpatient, intensive care units, general care units, and emergency departments. 

Please check out these links for important updates:

Interim guidance: http://www.med.umich.edu/i/ice/resources/coronavirus/ppe_guidelines_pandemic.pdf 

Sign information: http://www.med.umich.edu/i/ice/resources/coronavirus/covid_sign.guidance.pdf

OHS REMINDERS

Please DO NOT go to OHS unless you have called and scheduled an appointment. Occupational Health Services will be triaging all visits through our main phone number 734-764-8021. Hours of operation for normal business will be available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone lines will be available 24 hours/7 days per week for employees who are sick and/or have questions related to COVID-19.  

  • If you are reporting a Body Substance Exposure (BSE), please follow the usual process and page the University of Michigan Paging system, pager #5356
  • If you are sick and/or have questions related to COVID-19, please DO NOT visit OHS.  Call OHS and select prompt 1.
  • If you are sick and your condition is NOT a medical emergency, please contact OHS and avoid using the Emergency Department. If your condition IS a medical emergency, please go to the closest emergency department. 
  • For fit testing, call OHS between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule a visit. 
  • For acute work related injuries, call OHS between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • If you have an occupational health need and are unsure how to proceed, call OHS.
  • For more acute work-related injuries after hours, please go to the closest emergency department.

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

We continue to ask that you exercise caution in the sharing of information about Michigan Medicine or emails that are intended for a small or internal Michigan Medicine audience rather than a much larger social media world. Protecting patient privacy is a top priority at Michigan Medicine, and we must avoid inadvertent disclosures via selfies or other photos on social media.

Michigan Medicine’s social media policy can be accessed here.

The public is hungry for information, and we are using our Michigan Medicine social media channels to strategically share these messages. All messaging through these central channels is suitable for sharing, and we appreciate all your support.

USED PPE DISPOSAL

With increased use of PPE, used masks and gloves have appeared on the ground and in parking areas. We need your help in keeping our facilities clean and safe. All masks, gloves and other PPE should be removed and properly disposed in standard trash receptacles.

Still have questions?

We are also posting all daily bulletins and policies on Michigan Medicine Headlines at https://mmheadlines.org/covid-19-updates/.  Please bookmark that site and refer to it throughout the day for the most up-to-date information. An FAQ for staff is also posted and updated frequently.

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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