April 16: Daily COVID-19 UPDATE
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5 p.m.
NEW TODAY: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- DAILY PATIENT STATS
- DAILY TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS
- IMPORTANT COVID-19 MILESTONE
- HAIL TO THE VICTORS PA MUSIC
- WELL-BEING HELP CENTER
- EMERGENCY SECRETARY OF STATE APPOINTMENTS
- VIRTUAL TOWN HALL TOMORROW
DAILY PATIENT STATS
Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below:
Discharges: 246 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 18 in the last 24 hours
DAILY TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS*
* Data from 3/10 through 4/16. The testing stats reflect just Michigan Medicine employees, not all University of Michigan employees. It also reflects only those who sought testing at or were hospitalized at Michigan Medicine or reported their testing to Occupational Health Services. Some Michigan Medicine employees may have been tested outside our system.
On Wednesday, Michigan Medicine had more discharges of COVID-19 patients than admissions. This is a tremendous milestone and evidence that social distancing is working to reduce cases in our community and southeast Michigan. Thanks to every Michigan Medicine staffer for their continuing hard work and dedication to our patients.
HAIL TO THE VICTORS PA MUSIC
To further celebrate our triumphs in the fight against COVID-19, starting Friday we will be using the hospital PA system to play an excerpt from “Hail to the Victors” each time a COVID-19 positive patient is discharged from Michigan Medicine. We acknowledge and appreciate our employees who expressed interest in this idea and in receiving news about positive patient outcomes related to COVID-19. We are happy to bring this to our teams!
When you hear this music, please take a moment to pause and reflect on your hard work. This musical celebration is meant to honor all of our Michigan Medicine team members who have come together in this time of great need and to recognize the tremendous efforts that have led to these positive outcomes.
Celebrating all of our important positive outcomes
We encourage you to think about ways you might pause to recognize positive moments specific to your area, including patients improving, no longer requiring ventilators and being transferred to general care. It is important to acknowledge these positive outcomes as well. We encourage you to talk with your team members and patients to explore ways in which staff and individual patients might appreciate being celebrated as progress is made on the journey to healing.
WELL-BEING HELP CENTER
Michigan Medicine launched a Wellness Office website this week as a COVID-19 Well-being Help Center with health, wellness and well-being resources. The website has tips for:
- Connecting you with key resources to meet your individual or team needs during this time.
- Coordinating with the many caring and compassionate partners providing emotional and mental health services across the institution.
The Wellness Office website currently is home to the COVID-19 Unified Mental Health Group, which coordinates the Stress Response Team through the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (OCWR). This team provides direct (on the hospital floors) and virtual counseling to front-line faculty and staff. More information is available here.
EMERGENCY SECRETARY OF STATE APPOINTMENTS
Michigan Medicine essential employees who are not eligible to complete specific Secretary of State (SOS) transactions online at Michigan.gov/SOS can request an emergency appointment at an SOS office with help from their employer.
If you need an emergency appointment, please visit the HR Solutions Center Case Management System to the “Essential Healthcare Driver’s License” form under General HR Support. Complete all necessary fields and information related to why you need an emergency appointment with the SOS office. Or call 647-5538. HR will reach out on your behalf, and you will be contacted directly by the SOS office with approval or denial, and further instructions.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL, TOMORROW 2 P.M.
Michigan Medicine leaders will host another Virtual Town Hall this Friday to share updates on COVID-19 related activities and future planning.
Town Hall, April 17 Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.
To join as a participant
Joining via a mobile device
a) Open this link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eevfgfjx
b) Download the app if you don’t have it already
c) Enter event ID to join: eevfgfjx
Joining via phone
a) Dial the following numbers: +1 (415) 466-7000 (US)
b) Enter the participant PIN: 8627107 followed by # to confirm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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