April 21: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:15 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
- TOWN HALL Q&A
- N95 REPROCESSING
- ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN
DAILY PATIENT STATS
Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below:
Discharges: 304 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 10 in the last 24 hours. These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.
DAILY TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS*
* Data from 3/10 through 4/21. 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.
TOWN HALL Q&A
Q. Will Michigan Medicine allow employees to roll unused COVID-19 PTO time to roll into their permanent PTO bank after this crisis is over?
It is fortunate that some staff have not needed to use their COVID-19 PTO hours. These hours are specifically for COVID-19 related events, including pandemic-related absences such as quarantine, isolation or family care needs related to COVID-19 exposure, illness, child care due to public health closure of schools and daycare or other related scenarios. Temporary lack of work related to a public health order may also be a permitted use. Any hours not used for COVID-19 related and approved events will not be rolled into your regular PTO Bank.
Q. What is the policy for faculty to roll over vacation time?
The University of Michigan Standard Practice guide has two policies applicable to faculty vacation time roll over:
- Research Track faculty: https://spg.umich.edu/policy/201.64-0
- All other faculty: https://spg.umich.edu/policy/201.64-1
For Research Track faculty, the policy linked above applies as written.
For all other faculty, one change is allowed at this time: if a faculty member is unable to take vacation due to additional work requirements from COVID-19, department chairs or their designee may grant rollover of a portion of unused vacation time from the 2020 academic year for use in the 2021 academic year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). The number of rollover days would generally be five or less.
Please note that regardless of which group faculty fall into, the following applies:
- Units that experience “slack” or “down” periods may require eligible faculty to take their vacations during these times.
- If a faculty member has been idle due to COVID-19, they can use the 80 + 80 hours of the emergency PTO bank, plus the 120 hours if infected with the virus.
- In general, faculty who are idle due to the pandemic should not be permitted to roll over unused vacation time.
In order to conserve PPE, Michigan Medicine has researched and developed effective and safe processes to clean and reuse N95 masks. Learn more about the efforts of the Central Sterile Processing Department and how they are keeping our front lines safe in this short video.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN
Earlier this week, U-M President Mark Schlissel sent a COVID-19 update to the university community. In his message, he stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant financial distress for the university. He also outlined select guiding principles that helped to inform the actions that the university must take in order to preserve financial resources and protect future institutional stability.
In alignment with the President’s message, Marschall Runge, Michigan Medicine CEO, has also instituted a Michigan Medicine Economic Recovery Plan to help mitigate revenue losses due to the pandemic. Learn more about how you can help support a financial turnaround by reading the latest Economic Recovery Plan FAQs.
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