Update: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

March 4, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

COVID-19 is continuing to spread, with more than 92,000 cases identified worldwide and over 3,100 deaths, with most occurring in China. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting more than 100 cases in the United States. There is ongoing transmission in Washington State, many associated with a skilled nursing facility, with several deaths reported. Currently, no cases have been identified in Michigan.

Michigan Medicine updates

Identify: Travel screening has been in place for several weeks to identify patients with risk factors so that appropriate precautions can be taken immediately. In addition, visitors are being screened and those with risk factors for COVID?19 are not permitted to visit. 

Workforce members with travel to CDC level 2 or 3 travel notices (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan): All health care personnel with recent travel to any CDC level 2 or 3 travel notices should self?report to Occupational Health Services and monitor themselves for 14 days for symptoms of fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Please help protect the supply of PPE at Michigan Medicine by carrying out the following steps:

  • Ensure close monitoring of your PPE supply to avoid misuse.
  • Oversee masks intended for patient use to avoid misuse.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, plans for caring for ill patients in both the ambulatory and inpatient settings are being developed. This includes where the care would occur, how to conserve and utilize PPE, ensure that health care workers are able to put on and take off PPE safely, and allocating resources appropriately.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Please visit the Infection Prevention COVID-19 webpage for current protocols and information.

If you have further questions that are not answered on that site, please email coronavirus-info@umich.edu and your question will be answered as quickly as possible.