Sept. 24: COVID-19 UPDATE

October 20, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Announcements

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
  • 9/18 TOWN HALL Q&A
  • FOOD, TOILETRY DRIVE RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
  • HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF RECOGNITION AT MICHIGAN MEDICINE

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 

 TOTAL INPATIENTSTESTED POSITIVEPUI
ADULT1091
PEDIATRIC110

COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)

Symptomatic testing: 3.22%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.45%

Discharges: 751 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. 

TEAM MEMBER COVID-19 TESTING STATS*

POSITIVE523
TOTAL EMPLOYEES TESTED7,796
TOTAL TESTS10,994

* Data from 3/10 through 9/24. 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*

POSITIVE438
TOTAL TESTS17,808

* Data from 3/8 through 9/23. 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, 18 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 71 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.

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

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. 

Additional questions from the meeting are below.

Q: Why do non-clinical workers who are entirely remote and remaining isolated have to expose themselves to others to receive a flu shot? In so doing, I will be exposing myself and, more importantly, my at-risk spouse, to COVID-19.  

A: Michigan Medicine is committed to providing the safest possible environment for patients, families, employees and visitors. Under the organization’s influenza vaccination policy, faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1, 2020 or receive an approved exemption or declination. This includes all employees who may be working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those employees who are working remotely are encouraged to utilize the employee drive-thru flu clinics, check with their primary care physician or visit a local retail pharmacy.

While some employees continue to work remotely through the end of the calendar year, flu season typically extends into early-spring. At any time, employees may be called back to return to their work location with a week’s notice, or asked to return to a U-M building for a meeting, work assignment, etc.  

Q: My partner and I work here and a problem we are running into is that HR will only approve one of us to have EFMLA at a time. We try to alternate time off as it comes to patient/clinic care. Allowing us to share 12 weeks together if we worked for different companies would not be an issue. Can you explain this policy? 

A: If there are two parents working at U-M, only one parent at a time can use EFMLA benefits. Per the Department of Labor, EFMLA leave is not available if both parents or another individual is present to care for the child. The employee must be caring for the child and there must be no other suitable person (e.g., another parent, guardian or usual child care provider) available. If another caregiver is available to care for the child, the employee is not entitled to leave.

Q: Are there any HR supports being put in place for staff managing post-COVID symptoms?

A: The COVID-19 PTO and Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA), two separate (up to) 80-hour paid time off banks, are available to Michigan Medicine faculty and staff for absences related to COVID-19. If any regular faculty or staff members exhaust both EPSLA and COVID PTO banks of time employees may use approved vacation, sick and PTO according to regular guidelines.

Q: There are a number of staff who are still working but had to have their effort cut due to the Economic Recovery Plan. If there are open positions that need support (ie. call center, transcription, etc.) how can I connect with someone to see if this would be a good fit and work out for my staff who need more effort for a period of time during this recovery period?

A: These scenarios are very nuanced and should be discussed with both the current and hiring department managers and your Human Resources business partner.

FOOD, TOILETRY DRIVE RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPT. 27

Don’t forget, the organization’s food and toiletry drive to support Food Gatherers runs through this Sunday, Sept. 27.

All members of the Michigan Medicine and U-M community can chip in by providing healthy foods and basic supplies to those who need it most. In fact, 40 percent of those seeking help from the agencies served by Food Gatherers during COVID-19 have been doing so for the first time.

To date, the drive has collected almost 4,000 pounds of food, in addition to monetary donations, which together are the equivalent of 84,048 meals. That is on top of 147 pounds of toiletries donated by team members. With one final push, this already-amazing effort can help the community even more! 

Full details about this Michigan Medicine community health initiative and in-person giving are available athttp://michmed.org/fooddrive, and online giving is easy at www.foodgatherers.org/UM. Thank you in advance for generosity and support during this time of need.

HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF RECOGNITION AT MICHIGAN MEDICINE

Help shape the future of recognition at Michigan Medicine by sharing your input in a quick survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes and remains open until Monday, Sept. 28.

Still have questions?

We are also posting all daily bulletins and policies on Michigan Medicine Headlines athttps://mmheadlines.org/covid-19-updates/.  Please bookmark that site and refer to it for the most up-to-date information. 

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