Sept 1: COVID-19 UPDATE

September 1, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Announcements

Please share this information with your teams and front line staff, especially those who may not access emails or computers.

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

  • COVID-19 PATIENT STATS
  • TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING
  • U-M CAMPUS TESTING
  • INTERPRETER SERVICES STAFF
  • USE OF CLOTH MASKS
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING
  • PRACTICE CIVILITY AND RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE SCREENING PROCESS

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: 1.61%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.52%

Discharges: 710 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 3 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 121 total deaths or discharges to hospice, 0 in the last 24 hours.

TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*

* Data from 3/10 through 9/1. 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.

U-M CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING STATS*

* Data from 3/8 through 9/1. U-M campus testing stats reflect clinical care and surveillance conducted by University Health Service and Occupation Health. Michigan Medicine employees are not reflected in campus numbers.

Quarantine and Isolation Housing: Currently, 3 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 14 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.

More COVID-19 related campus information available at: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/

INTERPRETER SERVICES STAFF

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our patients and each other safe and supported. Please note that staff from Interpreter Services  are considered a part of the health care team, and not as a patient’s allotted visitor. It is vital that all medical professionals are able to communicate with their patients effectively, and Interpreters  provide effective communication support with our Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients.

USE OF CLOTH MASKS

As a reminder, a face covering is required at all times when on the Michigan Medicine campus and remote locations. A cloth mask can be worn only when conducting non-patient facing activities. Those working on patient-facing activities in a clinical care setting must wear a medical mask or other approved PPE. An FAQ document about appropriate use of face coverings is available here.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Whether on the Michigan Medicine campus and facilities or in the local community, please remain vigilant about wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. To ensure safety in our communities, people are encouraged to avoid food-selling establishments and businesses that do not comply with the guidelines of a recent Executive Order, 2020-129.

PRACTICE CIVILITY AND RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE SCREENING PROCESS

At Michigan Medicine, we are working hard to ensure the safety of all faculty, staff and learners. It is our No. 1 priority. That’s why it is vital that health screening is performed before entering any U-M building or facility.

To help expedite the process, the university introduced a new online screening tool, ResponsiBLUE, earlier this week. The tool can be accessed at https://responsiblue.umich.edu.

In addition to saving you time, those who fill out the 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.

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.

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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