April 8: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
NEW TODAY: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- DAILY PATIENT STATS
- TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS
- VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FRIDAY, 2 P.M.
- MASKS FOR COVID-19 CARE RECOMMENDATIONS
- EMPLOYEES WITH DOCUMENTED HEALTH CONDITIONS
- PARADE, CHARLES WOODSON VIDEOS
DAILY PATIENT STATS
Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below:
Discharges: 173 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 24 in the last 24 hours.
DAILY TEAM MEMBER TESTING STATS*
* Data through 3/10-4/8. 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.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
This week’s Virtual Town Hall will be held on Friday, 4/10 from 2 to 3 p.m. Leaders will provide updates on COVID-19 related activities, including plans to care for more COVID-19 patients and ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our workforce.
Join the Town Hall on Friday at 2 p.m.:
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: eevfgfjx
a) Dial +1 (415) 466-7000 (US)
b) Enter the participant PIN: 8627107 followed by # to confirm.
MASKS FOR COVID-19 CARE RECOMMENDATIONS
- EAR-LOOP MASK CONCERNS: We heard from staff expressing concerns about ear-loop masks; thank you for reporting this. Some ear-loop masks received in a shipment from the national stockpile were distributed overnight and today. The masks were found to have durability issues. This evening, we ceased distribution of these masks and pulled back as much inventory as possible. We are distributing the usual ear-loop masks, and these may need to be replaced with tie-on surgical masks if that supply runs low.
- FIT-TESTING AND REPROCESSING: It has come to our attention that we’ve had to discard multiple N95 masks due to soiling from make-up during fit-testing and reprocessing. In an effort to conserve as many masks as possible please refrain from wearing make-up for fit-testing and or while working.
- OVERALL RECOMMENDATIONS: A new document at this link on the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology site clarifies indications for use for specific mask types.
EMPLOYEES WITH DOCUMENTED HEALTH CONDITIONS
Employees with documented health conditions (e.g., low immunity or higher risk for complications from COVID-19, etc.), may request accommodations to work from home or on alternative assignments if possible.
Employees with a documented health condition need to provide supporting documentation to the HR Solutions Center, including the reason why the employee is unable to perform the essential functions of their role and what, if any, accommodations are recommended. If remote work is a requested accommodation, managers should try to make that possible. If it isn’t, time off could be: EPLSA, COVID-19 PTO, followed by paid sick time, paid time off (PTO) or unpaid leave. Additional questions should be directed to the HR Solutions Center: https://hr.medicine.umich.edu/hr-services/solutions-center
Health conditions that may increase the risk of complications due to COVID-19 include:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- Compromised immune system (due to primary or acquired immunodeficiency, solid organ or bone marrow transplant, use of biologic therapeutic agents, malignancy with active or recent chemotherapy, systemic immunosuppressive therapy including corticosteroids equivalent to 20 mg/day of prednisone for ?2 weeks)
- Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease
Recent videos to check out this evening:
- Last night’s parade from public safety to honor our health care workers
- Interview with Charles Woodson on Instagram yesterday
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 email@example.com 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