August 4: COVID-19 UPDATE
NEW TODAY: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of operations:
- COVID-19 PATIENT STATS
- TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING
- CONFERENCE ROOMS NEEDED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
- MASKS UPDATES
- WEARING N95 MASKS PROPERLY
DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS
Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below:
Discharges: 666 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 1 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 8/4. 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.
CONFERENCE ROOMS NEEDED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
In order to accommodate appropriate social distancing among employees, several conference rooms will be taken offline and converted for use as employee workrooms. At this time, there appear to be several meetings still scheduled that are either no longer occurring or are being held remotely. Please cancel reservations for all conference rooms if you will not be using them so the space can be made available for employees who are onsite.Please do so by end of business Wednesday, Aug. 5. At this time, Michigan Medicine is strongly encouraging all events and meetings to be held virtually, regardless of size, by utilizing the many virtual platforms available to employees (Zoom, Skype, and Bluejeans). While we understand that some groups may need to continue to meet in person and/or utilize a conference room to connect with offsite participants, all in-person groups should be limited to no more than 10 people with proper social distancing and masking.
Medline masks now designated for visitors
At the height of the pandemic, Medline masks were purchased as necessary PPE and are currently still in circulation as available supplies. While these Medline masks meet filtration needs, they are not fluid resistant. IPE guidelines now require that masks used in the clinical setting must meet both filtration and fluid resistant requirements. For this reason, any remaining inventory of Medline masks should be designated for visitor use. ASTM level 2 rated Earloop Masks, now in stable supply, should be ordered from Warehouse Inventory to meet the staff needs for universal masking. If you do not have visitors in your area, Medline masks can be returned to Warehouse Inventory.
Masks labeled as non-medical device or non-medical use
With stricter guidelines at customs during the pandemic, Chinese manufacturers have labelled or included messages indicating masks are a “non-medical device” or for “non-medical use” in order to pass customs and enter the country. These masks were vetted thoroughly to ensure they have passed the required testing for ASTM Level 1 or ASTM Level 2 ratings, which are approved by the CDC and FDA for use in medical settings in the United States. Supply Chain has also confirmed these masks are used by other peer academic medical centers similar to ours.
Supply chain has asked the manufacturers to remove this messaging from the box containing masks to avoid confusion in the future.
Masks must be worn in all public spaces
While indoors, employees working in private individual offices with the door closed can remove their mask. Face coverings must be worn at all times in all shared settings. This includes shared office spaces, even if individuals are separated by at least 6 feet of distance, as well as locker rooms and staff/team workrooms.
In accordance with the U-M face covering policy, masks must always be worn in all public spaces, indoors or outdoors, while on the university and medical center campus.
WEARING N95 MASKS PROPERLY
If you use an N95 mask, please refer to this pdf document (also posted here) to ensure the mask is worn correctly. The straps of the masks should not be crossed. As a reminder, staff must be medically cleared by OHS to wear an N95 mask and must be fit-tested to ensure proper use.
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 this site and refer to it for the most up-to-date information.