Sept. 22: COVID-19 UPDATE
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
- MASK, REMIND, THANK
- RESPONSIBLUE HEALTH SCREENING TOOL
- 9/18 TOWN HALL Q&A
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: 2.45%
Asymptomatic testing: 0.54%
Discharges: 745 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 124 total deaths or discharges to hospice, 0 in the last 24 hours.
TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*
* Data from 3/10 through 9/21. 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 9/21. 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, 22 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 72 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.
More COVID-19 related campus information available at: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/
MASK, REMIND, THANK
Everyone on the Michigan Medicine campus — and main U-M campus — is required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.
That means a mask must be worn from the moment you leave your car to enter a facility until the moment you get back in your car to leave for the day. Nobody should be walking through a parking structure or parking lot without a mask on.
This requirement extends to other enclosed spaces, including university shuttles and buses. The few exceptions include while you are eating or drinking or if you are in an enclosed individual office with your door closed. Talking on the phone or providing dictation are NOT acceptable exceptions to the mask policy.
If you see somebody not adhering to the organization’s mask policy, practice the high reliability skill of speaking up for safety and politely remind them to put on a mask. Here are a few ways to do just that:
· “Please remember that one of the easiest ways we can protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 is to wear a mask.”
· “I know that wearing a mask can be uncomfortable, but it’s effective and important that we protect everyone around us.”
· “As health care workers, people are looking to us to set an example. Can you please make sure you’re wearing a mask properly?”
If you are reminded, carry out the HRO principle of thanking your colleagues for looking out for your safety, their safety, and the safety of everyone at Michigan Medicine.
As a further reminder, please print and post one or both of the attached flyers on your DMS boards, in your work areas or in other prominent locations.
RESPONSIBLUE HEALTH SCREENING TOOL
9/18 TOWN HALL Q&A
Last Friday leaders hosted a virtual Town Hall to provide updates on COVID-19 clinical trials and operational preparedness for the fall. If you missed it, you can view the video here.
Additional questions from the meeting are below.
Q. Does the UMHS Board have decision making authority in finances or are they advisory? Who makes the decisions?
A. The Board is advisory to the Board of Regents.
Q. I know the President and Regents will need to approve any proposals, but what proposals for financial relief are your priorities (e.g., retirement funds; CME)?
A. Economic recovery decisions were made early during the Pandemic experience with the knowledge that we were yet to learn the depth and duration of the downturn in patient activity. During that time we planned to revisit these decisions based on actual experience. It is early and there is still uncertainty about how patient activity will be influenced as we enter in to flu season and we still have the potential for a COVID resurgence. Leadership is exploring a reinstatement of certain changes that we will be prepared to discuss in more detail within the next month or two.
Q. Can you provide greater detail regarding the improved financial situation of UMHS?
A. The response will be broken down in to two separate reporting periods – fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021 through August. For fiscal 2020 original operating margin projections were a loss of $130 to $230 million before government support. The actual result was at the lower end of the range with a reported loss of $139 million before governmental support. Actual governmental support of $118 million brought the loss down to $21 million. This represents a $196 million swing compared to the budgeted $175 million margin for 2020.
For the two months ended August 31, 2020 we reported a positive operating margin of $49 million. This result is on track to achieve pre-pandemic expectations for fiscal 2021 (twelve months ending June 30, 2021). Achieving and sustaining this level of operating margin has and will enable leadership to address reinstatement of certain of the reductions made this past spring.
All bulletins and policies are posted 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.