April 8: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE

April 11, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:25 p.m.

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

  • DAILY STATS
  • DAILY TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS
  • MESSAGE FROM CEO, MARSCHALL RUNGE, M.D., PH.D.
  • 12 WEST ACTIVATED FOR COVID-19
  • TORNADO WARNINGS
  • EMPLOYEES RECEIVING COVID-19 TESTING AT OTHER HEALTH SYSTEMS
  • EMPLOYEE LOG FOR CARING FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS DISCONTINUED
  • PPE/PAPR REMINDER
  • PPE DISPOSAL
  • THANK YOU PARADE

DAILY STATS

Today’s census as of 6:15 p.m. for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI): 

Discharges: 149 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 11 in the last 24 hours.

TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS*

*Data through 3/10-4/7. 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.

THANK YOU FROM CEO MARSCHALL RUNGE, M.D., PH.D.

Today marks our fourth week since the first patient in our state was diagnosed with COVID-19. I want to express special gratitude to you for all that you are doing to care for our patients during this pandemic.

I want to recognize all our employees, those who may be working from home, those who provide the critical services in our facilities to support patient care and those at the bedsides of our patients, those caring for patients with COVID-19 and those caring for patients who need care unrelated to COVID.  What you do together allows us to provide the very best care we can.  You have all stepped up again and again, day after day, through the constant change as we have created more capacity, expanded our ability to provide critical care and changed processes and procedures to be best prepared for this pandemic.

I empathize greatly with the fear and anxiety that many of you have expressed. I have a large family and I’ve never seen higher stress levels among of some of our family members. Those involved in health care feel mixed levels of stress worrying about their patients, co-workers, families and themselves, every day.

It is with great gratitude and humility that I recognize your selfless contributions and commit to you that all of us in leadership will continue to do everything we can to provide a safe environment as we face this pandemic together.

Please continue to read these daily updates to understand all of our policies and the rationale for them — especially those dealing with your safety. I hope you will continue to participate in our Town Hall meetings and ask questions or view the video when you can. We take many of your suggestions—one of them, providing daily statistics on the number of employees tested for COVID-19 and the number of positives—is something we are now including in this daily report. We are committed to open, transparent communication and making sure that your questions are addressed.

If you haven’t seen our campaign to recognize you and express appreciation, #HailToTheFrontLIne, please go to www.UofMHealth.org/frontline. Although I don’t post on social media without some help, if I did, my message for you would be simply “You are the BEST!”

  • From Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Michigan Medicine, dean of the U-M Medical School and executive vice president for Medical Affairs

12 WEST ACTIVATED FOR COVID-19

In order to expand ICU care capacity, the 12West unit in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was activated for COVID-19 patients today, and accepted its first patient. The unit will initially have a capacity of eight beds, and will ramp up to be able to care for as many as 50 patients. This activation took the work of many teams, and we appreciate their dedication to creating a safe environment for our staff and patients.

TORNADO WARNINGS

There is no change to the policy for patient management during a tornado warning. The policy remains in effect and includes COVID-19 positive or suspected patients. All patients who are medically stable, should be masked and moved in to the hallway to await an all clear.  All patients who are unable to be moved due to medical instability should be covered with a blanket, have the curtain pulled around their bed to help protect from flying debris and be moved as far away from windows as possible.  Please see this document as a reminder http://www.med.umich.edu/i/eop/Documents/Weather/Tornado.pdf

EMPLOYEES RECEIVING COVID-19 TESTING AT OTHER HEALTH SYSTEMS

Employees who undergo testing for COVID-19 at a non-Michigan Medicine location should contact OHS at (734) 764-8021 to report their test results and receive recommendations about returning to work.

EMPLOYEE LOG FOR CARING FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS DISCONTINUED

Employees entering the rooms of COVID-19 patients are currently required to sign in using the employee log sheet. After several weeks of this process, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology has determined that employees caring for COVID-19 patients can be accurately identified using MiChart, and the employee log is no longer necessary. As of today (4/8/2020), use of the employee log for those entering COVID-19 patient rooms may be discontinued.

PPE/PAPR REMINDER

Mask use under a PAPR does not provide added protection for health care workers or patients and may result in more risk for health care workers due to cross contamination. Please remove medical masks prior to PAPR donning. 

PPE DISPOSAL

Used masks, gloves and other PPE are being discarded inappropriately on sidewalks, streets and parking garages. Please take care to dispose of PPE in proper trash receptacles. We appreciate your efforts to help us provide a safe and clean environment.

THANK YOU PARADE

Tonight, at about 8 p.m., a public safety vehicle parade will take place outside of Michigan Medicine to show support and gratitude for the local medical community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade will feature vehicles from the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security, City of Ann Arbor fire and police departments along with other public safety agencies throughout Washtenaw County.

Public safety vehicles will use lights only, no sirens. Watch for the parade along East Medical Center Drive.

The Burton Tower also will be lit in a red, white and blue pattern starting tonight at dusk to honor health care workers and others working during the pandemic. The tower will stay lit in this pattern through April 30.

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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