AUGUST 27: 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
- UPDATE ON RESPONSIBLUE SCREENING TOOL
- PRACTICING CIVILITY AND RESPECT
- MASK POLICY WHEN ENTERING A BUILDING
- REUSE OF HAND SANITIZER BOTTLES DISCONTINUED; COLLECTION OF EMPTY BOTTLES TO CONTINUE
- U-M CAMPUS COVID-19 DATA UPDATES
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: 2.99%
Asymptomatic testing: 0.56%
Discharges: 700 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.
TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*
* Data from 3/10 through 8/27. 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.
UPDATE ON RESPONSIBLUE SCREENING TOOL
At Michigan Medicine, the safety of all who are working or studying here is a top priority. That’s why it is vital that COVID-19 health screening is performed before entering any U-M facility. To help expedite the process, the university introduced a new online screening tool, ResponsiBLUE, earlier this week.
Information & Technology Services has created a tip sheet for employees that addresses some of the common technical difficulties being experienced when first signing into the new tool. You can find the tip sheet here or attached.
Here are a few other notes to keep in mind regarding ResponsiBLUE:
· The screening tool can be accessed at https://responsiblue.umich.edu. There is not an app available yet, so the tool cannot be found in the app store at this time. An app is expected in the future.
· The website can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy access. Follow these directions to do so.
· The email account used to access the tool is your email@example.com. Do not add “med” to the email address.
· Your level 1 password is needed to login. This is the password used for timekeeping and to access your benefit information.
PRACTICING CIVILITY AND RESPECT
Those who fill out the ResponsiBLUE tool prior to coming to work will be able to utilize a separate line to expedite access at some of the major entrances across campus, including Taubman Center. Those who don’t use the tool will be verbally asked a series of questions by a staff member.
Please note, you cannot come to work until you have been screened.
Health screening is not only important, but necessary, to limit the spread of COVID-19 – in addition to helping the organization meet state and federal regulatory guidelines. The staff members managing the entrance screening are working diligently to get you through safely and quickly. They deserve your cooperation and support during this process.
In addition, our organization’s journey to high reliability depends on all of us practicing empathy and not engaging in or tolerating disrespectful behavior. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
MASK POLICY WHEN ENTERING A BUILDING
Don’t forget, it is U-M and Michigan Medicine policy that everyone should be wearing a mask when entering a building. New masks are available at entrance screening points, but you must be wearing one when you arrive.
REUSE OF HAND SANITIZER BOTTLES DISCONTINUED; COLLECTION OF EMPTY BOTTLES TO CONTINUE
Due to changes in the availability of hand sanitizer, the process of recycling hand sanitizer bottles has been discontinued for now. However, the organization will still be collecting empty bottles.
Please put all empty bottles in the EVS receptacles in soiled utility rooms. There is still a significant shortage of plastic raw materials in the marketplace. If we do need to resume filling pump and spray bottles from a bulk product, we may not be able to purchase the bottles again. Therefore, we will store the bottles, once clean, until they are needed again.
U-M CAMPUS COVID-19 DATA UPDATES
The University has made its campus COVID-19 data available for the public to see on its Blueprint website. There is data on testing, positive rates, state and regional trends and more. Bookmark the site as it will be updated frequently.
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.