August 11: COVID-19 UPDATE

August 13, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

NEW TODAY: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of operations:

  • COVID-19 PATIENT STATS 
  • TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING
  • UPDATED FIT TESTING GUIDANCE FOR N95 RESPIRATORS
  • CONTINUOUS TARGETED EYE PROTECTION ROLLED OUT IN EMERGENCY, AMBULATORY CARE AREAS
  • PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY CARE NEEDS AND WORK ADJUSTMENTS PLANNING TOOL THROUGH AUG. 14
  • LIMITED USE OF MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF OFFICES FOR MISSION-CRITICAL ACTIVITIES ONLY
  • GIVE BLOOD AT UPCOMING DRIVES
  • SIGN UP FOR CITY OF ANN ARBOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS

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

Discharges: 678 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 0 in the last 24 hours. These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice. 

Deaths and hospice: Since March 10, Michigan Medicine hospitals have had 115 total deaths or discharges to hospice, 0 in the last 24 hours.

TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*

* Data from 3/10 through 8/11. 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.

UPDATED FIT TESTING GUIDANCE FOR N95 RESPIRATORS

Currently, there is a significant increase in the number of health care workers needing to be N95 respirator fit-tested. Many are using respirators for the first time and, due to the significant increase in demand for respirators, many health care providers have had to select alternate models of respirators during the pandemic.

Many facilities have found that they can increase their available supply by including standard filtering facepiece respirators in addition to the surgical N95s they typically use. Standard N95s are appropriate for many tasks in health care.

Based on a recent 3M technical bulletin, the U-M Health System is adopting the guidance provided by 3M that its laboratory testing indicates respirator models with similar construction may be more likely to fit a worker similarly. Based on this guidance, the following 3M N95 respirators can be used interchangeably as long the health care worker has passed a fit test for one of the respirators identified:

This PDF includes much of this same information and may be posted in your areas.

CONTINUOUS TARGETED EYE PROTECTION ROLLED OUT IN EMERGENCY, AMBULATORY CARE AREAS
Continuous Targeted Eye Protection (wearing eye protection when providing direct patient care for all patients) was rolled out last week in the Emergency Department and in ambulatory care settings. There have been recent employee exposures identified related to caring for patients who later were identified as having COVID. The goal is to protect staff from exposure to asymptomatic patients with unknown COVID status.

For health care personnel working in areas that obtain pre-admission or pre-procedural COVID-19 testing (i.e. inpatient and procedural units), eye protection is only necessary when caring for patients in Droplet Precautions or Special Pathogens Precautions, if COVID-19 testing results are not completed, or when indicated for patient care according to Standard Precautions.

When eye protection is continuously used throughout the day, disinfection is not required after each patient encounter. Rather, disinfection of eye protection is required if visibly soiled, or after leaving a patient room that is being managed in Droplet Precautions or Special Pathogens Precautions. Faculty and staff should also disinfect their eye protection when removed, i.e. breaks, end of shift, etc.

Please note, eye protection can continue to be reused by the same workforce members until it becomes too worn.

PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY CARE NEEDS AND WORK ADJUSTMENTS PLANNING TOOL THROUGH AUG. 14
We have heard from individuals across Michigan Medicine that it has become increasingly difficult to manage the demands of family care alongside professional obligations. To gain a better understanding of how we can support your needs during these unprecedented times, you are invited to participate in the “Family Care Needs and Work Adjustments Planning Tool.”

The purpose of this tool is to identify and evaluate key issues and barriers impacting accessibility and availability of family care resources for faculty, staff and learners, and to anticipate potential impacts to mission-critical operations. The Family Care Task Force will use this data to inform Michigan Medicine leadership about the family care challenges facing our community and to help develop action items to address these challenges. For bargained-for employees, some of these matters will be subject to negotiation with the designated collective bargaining representative.

This tool is open now through Friday, Aug. 14. Even if you do not have family care needs at this time, we still encourage you to respond accordingly by completing this request. Individual responses and identifying data will not be shared. We recognize that these are complex, difficult decisions; we appreciate your input as we seek to understand how to best support our diverse workforce during these trying times.

You should have received an email invitation from Qualtrics, which contains a unique link to the survey. Click on the link in that email to access the survey. Please do not forward this email and/or link to others to complete the survey. 

If you did not receive an email, contact familycaretaskforce@umich.edu.

LIMITED USE OF MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF OFFICES FOR MISSION-CRITICAL ACTIVITIES ONLY

The medical school is strictly adhering to the governor’s executive order currently stating that work that can be done remotely, must be done remotely. With that said, we understand that some essential work activities can only be performed using assigned offices on campus. Therefore, we are permitting limited use of medical school faculty and staff offices for mission-critical activities only, not simply as a matter of convenience.

In all cases, the expectation is that faculty and staff will only be on campus for the short period of time needed to perform the activity and will adhere to the public health and U-M safety guidelines. For more information about which activities are considered mission-critical, as well as training and safety protocols, visit the medical school intranet.

Prior to office use, faculty and staff must consult the department chair, or their accountable delegate(s), for confirmation that the proposed use meets the criteria for mission-critical activity.

GIVE BLOOD AT UPCOMING DRIVES

The need for blood during the pandemic remains vital. Michigan Medicine employees will have two opportunities to donate at upcoming blood drives hosted in Towsley Center by the American Red Cross. The events will take place from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

·       Monday, Aug. 24

·       Tuesday, Aug. 25

Please note, this drive is only open to employees in accordance with COVID-19 visitor policy. Drives have been filling up fast, so it is recommended that individuals make an appointment as soon as possible. Walk-ins will not be accepted and your MCard will be required.

Click here for details about donating or volunteering at the drives. And check out this website to learn about all the precautions the Red Cross is taking to keep their blood drives safe during COVID-19.

SIGN UP FOR CITY OF ANN ARBOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

The City of Ann Arbor is encouraging all residents and individuals who work in the city to sign up now to receive critical communications and emergency messages through a new alert system, Everbridge. Please note, this system is separate from the university’s alert system.

The city will change over to this new system, joining Washtenaw County, and replacing CodeRED, beginning Thursday, Aug. 13.

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 for the most up-to-date information. 

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