MAY 15 : DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE

May 18, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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
  • ENTRANCE SCREENINGS
  • MASK REMINDERS
  • MASK USAGE ON UNIVERSITY BUSES
  • CLARIFICATION REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING ORDER PANELS
  • VIDEO LINK: PERIOPERATIVE AND PERIPROCEDURAL COVID-19 TESTING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TOWN HALL
  • PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION, WELLNESS & SUPPORT CONTINUES

DAILY PATIENT STATS

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 

Discharges: 473 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 2 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 5/15. 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.

ENTRANCE SCREENINGS
All employees will continue to be screened upon entry to our buildings, as required by the order of the State. Screeners are asking three questions of patients, visitors, faculty and staff: if they have a fever; if they have a cough, and if they are experiencing shortness of breath. These screenings are critical to the safety of everyone, and to avoiding the spread of COVID-19. The expectation is for all employees to stop at the screening station and actively respond to these questions.

MASK REMINDERS

Universal masking is in place at all Michigan Medicine buildings. It is important to wear your mask properly. Make sure you put your mask on with clean hands. Masks must cover nose and mouth completely.

Click here to view The World Health Organization Mask Do’s and Don’ts

Everyone should wear a mask in public areas. 

  • All workforce members
    • Reminder for team rooms, conference rooms, break rooms, etc…  If the room occupants can remain at least 6 feet away from each other, it is acceptable to remove mask.  If a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, masks should be worn in these spaces. 
  • Limiting the number of people in these spaces to support social distancing is highly encouraged.
    • All visitors
    • All patients during transport unless they are unable to tolerate a mask 
  • Do not mask children under 2 years of age

Guidance for Clinical Buildings
Guidance for Non-Clinical Buildings
Universal Mask FAQ
How to Wear a Medical Mask Safely

MASK USAGE ON UNIVERSITY BUSES
In alignment with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order and guidance from the CDC, any individual able to medically tolerate one must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth — such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief — when in any enclosed public space.

University bus services are an enclosed public space, so Michigan Medicine is advising all riders to wear masks while on a bus and socially distance. Thank you for your cooperation.

CLARIFICATION REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING ORDER PANELS

Please note that the May 13, 2020 communication regarding COVID-19 testing order panels applies to orders placed in the Emergency Department and inpatient settings only. For ambulatory testing, providers should continue to use the hot-line process for evaluation, ordering and scheduling of COVID-19 tests.

VIDEO LINK: PERIOPERATIVE AND PERIPROCEDURAL COVID-19 TESTING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TOWN HALL

A Town Hall event was held Thursday morning to provide the latest updates on surgical activity, COVID-19 testing of pre-surgical and pre-procedural patients, and related PPE guidelines. If you missed the event, you can view the Town Hall video here.

PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION, WELLNESS & SUPPORT CONTINUES

Though Michigan Medicine has suffered significant financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has rallied around us to provide gifts of food, PPE, and financial support. While private philanthropy cannot be used to directly offset our financial losses, it has helped provide emergency assistance, comfort, and appreciation for our employees, as well as fund innovative research projects that will help us combat COVID-19.

Following are examples of the support provided through private philanthropy:

·       17,000 meals donated

·       500,000+ pieces of PPE from businesses and individuals

·       Care packages and apparel for employees

·       Scrubs embroidered with “Hail to the Front Line”

·       Public recognition of front line employees through advertisements and other media

·       Funding of COVID-19 related research, such as investigations into antibodies and immunity, viral transmission, ways that we can improve patient monitoring and treatment, and more

Funds will be used in the coming weeks for more employee recognition, wellness, and support efforts. Some funds will be used to support employees’ physical and mental health as they continue to experience the impacts of the pandemic.

Part of the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund was used to establish an Employee Emergency Needs Fund. This fund allows us to provide awards for employees who are experiencing immediate, severe, and temporary financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic. Information on how to request support will be forthcoming from Human Resources.

Many challenges lie ahead, but we are comforted by the support of our community, and grateful for their generosity.

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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