October 13: COVID-19 UPDATE
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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
- U-M CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING
- CONTINUOUS, TARGETED EYE PROTECTION
- CIVILITY AND RESPECT POSTERS
- VIRTUAL TOWN HALL, FRIDAY 10/16, 2 PM
- POSSIBLE COVID-19 EXPOSURES AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS
Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below:
|TOTAL INPATIENTS||TESTED POSITIVE||PUI|
COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)
Symptomatic testing: 4.30%
Asymptomatic testing: 0.80%
Discharges: 778 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 128 total deaths or discharges to hospice, 0 in the last 24 hours.
TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*
* Data from 3/10 through 10/12. 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 10/12. 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, 34 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 69 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.
More COVID-19 related campus information available at: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/
CONTINUOUS, TARGETED EYE PROTECTION
Safety remains the highest priority for Michigan Medicine as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. To ensure staff safety, continuous targeted eye protection (CTEP) will be rolled out to staff for use during all patient encounters. This was previously rolled out in the emergency departments and in ambulatory care and will now be expanded to inpatient and procedural areas.
What is Continuous, Targeted Eye Protection?
Continuous, Targeted Eye Protection means wearing eye protection when caring for patients, being in the patient room, or at the bedside. The goal of this is to prevent exposure to COVID?19 in patients, family members, or visitors that may be infected without symptoms.
Is the expectation for “continuous, targeted use of eye protection” the same as universal masking?
No. Universal masking is required for all employees unless they are in a private office or eating/drinking, regardless of whether they are providing patient care or not. “Continuous, targeted use of eye protection” is specific to patient?facing activities, and it does not apply to activities or work that is not patient?facing.
What does patient?facing mean?
Patient facing activities means providing patient care or being the in the patient room/care space.
Do I need to wear eye protection if I am walking through an inpatient unit?
No, if you are not providing care to a patient or entering their room/care space, you do not have to wear eye protection, even if a patient may travel through the space.
Do I need to wear eye protection in a setting with bays?
Yes, because permanent barriers do not exist and there are likely to be a variety of unexpected interactions, for example a family member poking their head out and needing to talk.
Why is eye protection needed if patients are being tested for COVID?19?
As we move into the respiratory season, we anticipate an increase in respiratory illness including, COVID-19. Testing patients helps to identify those that have COVID-19 upon admission. Continuous targeted eye protection will be protective, should patient develop COVID while hospitalized. In addition, visitors are not tested, so this will be protective should a visitor have unrecognized COVID-19.
Where should providers without a “home” unit obtain their eye protection?
Eye protection can be obtained on any unit you are rounding on and can typically be found in isolation carts/cabinets and clean supply rooms. Once eye protection is obtained, it should be kept and reused.
Beginning the week of 10/20/2020, all areas will begin using continuous targeted eye protection. Each staff member will be provided 1 set of goggles to wear and disinfect. Some staff may already have eye protection and should continue to use it. Goggles should be reused as much as possible. The lenses will snap off and can be replaced if they become fogged or scratched. It is the staff member’s responsibility to change their lenses as needed.
More information about continuous, targeted eye protection is available by here.
CIVILITY AND RESPECT POSTERS
Civility and respect are the hallmarks of the core values at Michigan Medicine. To ensure that all who enter the health system are aware of these values and the expectations of all visitors, posters and large banners promoting mutual respect will be displayed at visible locations across Michigan Medicine facilities.
The message to give and expect respect serves as an important reminder to our patients, families, visitors and Michigan Medicine community to appreciate each other and the diversity that is so important to our vision. The signage states that Michigan Medicine does not tolerate any form of violence, aggression, discrimination or verbal harassment toward anyone for any reason. Thank you for your continued support in honoring our code of conduct.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Leaders will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Topics discussed will include updates on COVID-19 resurgence planning, Family Care Committee recommendations, September financials, and Anti-Racism Oversight Committee work.
To join the Town Hall, click here:
To join via iPhone one-tap:
To join via telephone:
Dial: +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278
POSSIBLE COVID-19 EXPOSURES AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Washtenaw County Health Department is alerting the public to the possibility of COVID-19 exposures at two local restaurants. Anyone visiting the Brown Jug from Oct. 1 – Oct. 3 and Oct 6, or Chapala Mexican Restaurant on Oct. 1 is advised to monitor themselves for symptoms, stay away from others as much as possible for 14 days after last visiting either establishment, and seek COVID-19 testing. After testing, individuals should continue avoiding contact with others while they wait for their test results. To date, a total of 13 cases are associated with these establishments during the cited dates.
Weekly bulletins and policies are posted 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.