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Learn more about what we are doing to keep our patients safe: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus/keeping-patients-safe.
Check out our guide to seeking health care during the pandemic: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus/seeking-medical-care-covid-19.
Learn more about our virtual care offerings, including E-Visits and Video Visits: https://www.uofmhealth.org/virtualcare.
The Medical School, as part of Michigan Medicine and the larger University of Michigan community, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its affect on our faculty, staff, learners and medical community.
Following is a list of campus and Michigan Medicine websites and resources available to learn more about how we are responding to this rapidly changing situation. We will add more content, and provide updates, as the situation warrants.
Cloth mask drive-up event Nov. 6-7: During this challenging time, Michigan Medicine is taking all precautions necessary to ensure patients, families, employees and learners remain safe. It is important that the entire community is vigilant with wearing masks, practicing social distancing and hand hygiene. On Friday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. until noon, the organization will be holding a drive-up event for staff to come and pick up a free cloth mask. The event will be located at NCRC Dock 90 (2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor). To find your way to the event, please follow the U-M and Food Gatherers Donation Drive signs. When you arrive, a staff member will provide you with one of these donated masks. If you have any questions regarding the drive-up event, please contact Stephen Lidgard at email@example.com.
The curve is fattening, not flattening. What can we do?: A deadly virus killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in just a few months. Health officials made rules to stop its spread, but those rules varied widely across the country. Many people wore masks to block the tiny killer — but not everyone. It worked for a while, but the number of cases kept rising. And hundreds of thousands more people died. The story of 2020? No — that’s the story of the 1918-1919 flu pandemic in a nutshell. But now history seems to be repeating itself with the coronavirus. After “flattening the curve” of cases in late spring and again in late summer, cases of COVID-19 have surged in October. What can we do to prevent history from repeating? Click HERE for one medical historian’s thoughts.
Editorial from Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.: Masking Proves Critical to Safe Return to College Campuses: “Widely publicized efforts to control the rate of COVID-19 infection among returning higher ed students have met with variable success. In some cases, colleges and universities have cancelled or postponed on-campus activities; in other instances, the rate of infection has been modest and on-campus classes continue. Across the spectrum, these varied results have led to many conversations, some quite heated, about the pros and cons of on-campus learning. Unfortunately, as in so many circumstances, there is uncertainty which can lead to strongly held beliefs, passionate debate and in some cases real polarization. But the main point is getting lost. We do know one thing: Wearing a mask, whether you are in the classroom or in the community, provides protection. Read Dr. Runge's full editorial HERE
U-M to conduct clinical trial to test AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: Michigan Medicine is partnering with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a Phase 3 clinical trial to test a vaccine against COVID-19. The AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE Study will research an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The study will look at how well the investigational vaccine works and how safe it is. U-M will begin recruiting hundreds of participants for the trial immediately, until the trial is full. U-M is one of several U.S. sites supporting the AstraZeneca trial, with the aim of including 30,000 individuals over a period of two years. Phase I/II trials of the vaccine in more than 1,000 people were completed earlier this year and demonstrated increased antibody responses against SARS-CoV-2 and no serious adverse effects. For more information about the study, visit https://www.uofmhealth.org/covid19-vaccine or email AZVaccineTrial@med.umich.edu.
ResponsiBLUE health screening tool debuts: One of the ways to help our university community members remain safe, healthy and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is by using ResponsiBLUE — an accessible, mobile-friendly health screen tool (responsiblue.umich.edu) and soon-to-be-released mobile app. Beginning Aug. 24:
- Every university community member (faculty, staff and student) that is present in-person on U-M property or in a U-M facility during the day is required to complete a health assessment through the ResponsiBLUE tool before they enter the building or property, if they are able to do so. The goal of using the tool is to help expedite the process of getting individuals through screening checkpoints and will assist with public health tracking.
- Every university community member studying or working at home or remotely can also use ResponsiBLUE, if they want to. While it is not required of individuals who are remote, doing so will help make using the tool a healthy habit, and the aggregated data gathered will provide useful information about the overall health of the U-M community.
- Individuals may complete their health assessment at home before entering the building or property on campus, as long as the health assessment is completed no more than 12 hours before their arrival. ResponsiBLUE must be used daily (results expire after 12 hours) in concert with the university’s other public health measures, including wearing face coverings whenever on campus, maintaining social distancing, practicing frequent handwashing, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home when sick.
- Please be patient at screening checkpoints. The process may take longer, but safety is the No. 1 priority and these changes are designed to keep faculty, staff, learners and visitors as safe as possible.
- ResponsiBLUE collects certain data — uniqname, time and date logged in and check completed, device type (aggregate data only), answers to yes or no questions — to monitor trends in aggregate symptom reports over time and to measure the levels of COVID-19 in the university community. The screening tool does not track location. Identifiable information will be deleted every 30 days.
- This data is being gathered to check trends, identify possible outbreaks or hotspots, meet State of Michigan regulatory requirements and enhance safety for all.
- Vendors must use the guest version of ResponsiBLUE (guest.responsiblue.umich.edu) whenever they come to campus.
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FAQs: Face-covering requirements at Michigan Medicine: The recent release of the new U-M Face Covering Policy for COVID-19 has resulted in many questions about how the policy will impact Michigan Medicine employees, as well as patients and visitors. These FAQs have been created to answer some of those questions. They will be updated to reflect future changes to state, university and institutional face-covering requirements.
Medical School launches student emergency aid funds: Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, learning will now be public health-informed, offering in-person and remote experiences that fulfill a commitment to providing transformative education opportunities for medical and graduate students. Learners will be returning to a campus that will look and feel different. On top of that, many may be dealing with personal hardships related to the pandemic. That is why the organization is asking that those who are able consider supporting learners during this unprecedented time by making a gift to the medical school’s student emergency aid funds. These funds will provide much-needed assistance to M.D., M.S., and Ph.D. students. The emergency aid funds can help students cover costs for temporary housing, meals, child care, unexpected medical expenses, transportation, financial aid and other areas of need. Click HERE to make a gift to the M.D. Emergency Student Aid Fund. Click HERE to make a gift to the M.S./Ph.D. Emergency Student Aid Fund.
What’s next in the COVID-19 pandemic? History provides some clues: Back in early March, the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication (DOC) published a story on the importance of taking steps to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 cases. It featured Dr. Howard Markel, a U-M medical historian who helped coined that phrase based on research on the 1918 flu pandemic. In April, DOC published his warning about the potential for a second peak of cases if those steps were rolled back too quickly, as they were 102 years ago. Now, with a massive spike in cases in the South and West, Dr. Markel and his colleague, Dr. Alex Navarro, discuss what it will take to turn things around, and what history can teach us now. Read the story HERE.
Why patients can feel safe returning to Michigan Medicine: At Michigan Medicine, safety is the top priority — for employees, patients, families and visitors. That’s why a wide array of precautions and procedures have been put into place over the past few months. As the organization ramps up services and begins caring for a larger number of non-COVID-19 patients, it’s more important than ever that individuals are aware that campus is safe for them to return. Click HERE for a quick rundown of measures Michigan Medicine has taken.
Story from Michigan Today: When the pandemic impacted their world, U-M’s medical students immediately wanted to make a difference — and they have. From sorting donated personal protective equipment (PPE) at the North Campus Research Complex to delivering groceries to vulnerable populations to rescheduling patient appointments, members of the quickly formed M-Response Corps have worked tirelessly to meet an endless stream of pandemic-related needs since mid-March. Read more about this incredible group of students HERE.
Text ‘UMICH’ to 741741 to receive free support: During the COVID-19 pandemic, some faculty, staff, and learners may be struggling with feelings of isolation, anxiety or depression. A number of support services are available to our community through the COVID-19 Stress Resource Team, including in-person support in the health system and virtual support to individuals and groups (call the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience 24/7 at (734) 763-5409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Now, the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office and Office of Faculty Development are giving members of our medical community access to a free text support service at their fingertips any time, day or night. We have partnered with the Crisis Text Line® to provide access to free, 24/7 support during this stressful time via a medium that most people use and trust: texting. By texting “UMICH” to 741741, participants will connect to a trained crisis volunteer, who will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve typed, and invite you to share at your own pace. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use “UMICH” if you are a member of the Michigan Medicine community; if you are from the University of Michigan Central Campus, please use “4UMICH”
Child Care Services: Alternative child care services are available to faculty, staff and learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include Kids Kare at Home, U-M Family Helpers, and Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Child Care Network First Responder Care. Read more about these options, including how to sign up, HERE.
Michigan Medicine/Medical School Michigan Medicine Frequently Asked Questions (updated frequently) University of Michigan University of Michigan Announcements, including messages from U-M President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D. Other Employee Town Hall: November 20 Medical School Virtual Commencement Ceremony (May 15) Medical students thank the front-line workers: Recently, students across the school took some time to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of the front-line workers at Michigan Medicine. As one of the students said: “Thank you for inspiring us even more to become future physicians.” Check out their emotional video HERE. WATCH: Graduate Medical Education Town Hall (May 14) New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. MESSAGE: Tenure clocks and COVID-19 New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. Michigan Medicine Human Resources FAQ COVID-19 Well-being Help Center/Michigan Medicine Wellness Office website
Michigan Medicine Official Website
Michigan Medicine Headlines
Office of Clinical Affairs Infection Prevention and Epidemiology (internal to Michigan Medicine)
Medical School Facilities Services and Service Partners COVID-19 FAQs (internal to University community)
University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Communications
University of Michigan News Coronavirus News, Research, Experts
Employee Town Hall: November 6
Employee Town Hall: October 16
Employee Town Hall: September 18
Employee Town Hall: August 21
Employee Town Hall: July 17
Employee Town Hall: June 12
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Employee Town Hall: April 17
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Employee Town Hall: April 3
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Employee Town Hall: March 20
Alternative child care services available during the pandemic
MESSAGE: Increasing COVID-19 patients (April 3)
MESSAGE: Pause on medical student rotations (March 17)
MESSAGE: Important COVID-19 update re: learning community (March 11)
STORY: M-Response Corps faces down crisis
STORY: Out of classrooms and clinical rotations, medical students eager to serve the community
STORY: ‘A whirlwind few days’ — COVID-19 finds students home early from international rotations
Alternative child care services available during the pandemic
MESSAGE: Increasing COVID-19 patients (April 3)
MESSAGE: Residents in the clinical setting (March 22)
MESSAGE: Research track time in rank limits and COVID-19
Alternative child care services available during the pandemic
Faculty Vacation and Sabbatical Changes - Exemption Time Administration (COVID-19)
University of Michigan Human Resources FAQ, including guidance for supervisors on communicating with employees regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19
For questions, contact: COVID-19HR@umich.edu.
Health and Well-being
8 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Social Distancing Blues
14 Things to Do If Someone You Live With Has COVID-19
Resources for Faculty, Staff and Learners
Stress Management Tools and Resources
Michigan Medicine Headlines: Maintain your emotional well-being during COVID-19
Michigan Health News: Feeling Helpless about the Coronavirus? 11 Things You Can Do
Michigan Health News: How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19
Michigan Health Lab: What Can Hospitals Do to Prepare for COVID-19 Cases
Additional Resources, including Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience
Michigan Medicine/Medical School
Michigan Medicine Frequently Asked Questions (updated frequently)
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Announcements, including messages from U-M President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.
Employee Town Hall: November 20
Medical School Virtual Commencement Ceremony (May 15)
Medical students thank the front-line workers: Recently, students across the school took some time to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of the front-line workers at Michigan Medicine. As one of the students said: “Thank you for inspiring us even more to become future physicians.” Check out their emotional video HERE.
WATCH: Graduate Medical Education Town Hall (May 14)
MESSAGE: Tenure clocks and COVID-19
Michigan Medicine Human Resources FAQ
COVID-19 Well-being Help Center/Michigan Medicine Wellness Office website