August 25: COVID-19 UPDATE

August 31, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Announcements

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

  • COVID-19 PATIENT STATS
  • TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING
  • NEW EMERGENCY ORDER FROM WASHTENAW COUNTY
  • RESPONSIBLUE SCREENING TOOL
  • 8/21 TOWN HALL

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS

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

COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)

Symptomatic testing: 3.94%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.72%

Discharges: 694 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. 

Deaths and hospice: Since March 10, Michigan Medicine hospitals have had 119 total deaths or discharges to hospice, 0 in the last 24 hours.

TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*

* Data from 3/10 through 8/25. 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.

NEW EMERGENCY ORDER FROM WASTENAW COUNTY

A new emergency order from the Washtenaw County Health Department went into effect on Aug. 20 to limit the size of indoor and outdoor social and event gatherings in the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

·       Outdoor gatherings are not to exceed 25 people

·       Indoor gatherings are not to exceed 10 people

·       The order does not impact workplace or work site gatherings

·       The order does not impact Michigan Medicine cafeterias and courtyard

More information is available by clicking here.

RESPONSIBLUE SCREENING TOOL

Since the University announced the launch of ResponsiBLUE, the next generation screening tool that found at ResponsiBLUE.umich.edu, additional updates has been provided for its use.

  •  Every university community member (faculty, staff, and student) that is present in-person on U-M property or in a U-M facility during the day must complete a health assessment through the ResponsiBLUE tool before they enter the building or property, or upon exiting living quarters if living on campus.
  • Every university community member studying or working at home or remotely can also use ResponsiBLUE, if they want to, but it is not required.
  • Visitors and vendors must use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (guest.responsiblue.umich.edu) whenever they come to campus.
  • ResponsiBLUE must be used daily, as results expire after 12 hours.

Learn more about the updates from campus by clicking here.

8/21 TOWN HALL

Leaders hosted a virtual town hall on Friday, Aug. 21 to discuss medical students’ safe return to campus, family care survey results, wellness survey results, and operational updates. If you missed it, view the town hall video. Slides from the meeting are also attached.

Several questions that were not addressed during the town hall are answered below.

Q: Will dependent care flex spending funds be extended beyond March since it is difficult to spend the funds at this time?

A: Yes, the new deadline to submit FSA expenses is May 31, 2021.

Q: Who do faculty members reach out to for EFMLA?

A: Faculty applying for EFMLA should consult with their department leadership.

Q: Do we expect reduction in services if we have another COVID-19 spike?

A: We will have to balance reductions in services with projected increases in COVID-19 cases. We are better prepared to manage increases in cases with all we have learned. If there is a very rapid increase in COVID-19 patients, we will need to assess how much reduction would be required to safely care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.  

Q: How are we going to handle a large increase in testing needs once students return to campus, and some secondary schools allow/require in-person learning?

A: We are significantly increasing our testing capacity to be able to meet the potential demand. Students retuning to campus are getting tested through a commercial lab before coming to campus.  

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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