COVID-19 Resources for Michigan Hospitals, Media and the Public

Updated March 5

Michigan hospitals and health systems are monitoring developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely and are working diligently with state and federal agencies to appropriately respond to COVID-19 cases in Michigan. A current summary of the situation in the state is available on the state of Michigan's website

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Note: New or recently updated items are marked with an orange chevron. 

Resources for all Michiganders

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing everyday prevention measures like social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes.

The following graphic from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows the current gathering guidance as of Feb. 8.

Symptom Monitoring

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing everyday prevention measures like social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you suspect you are sick, contact your healthcare provider by phone or email for guidance before traveling to a healthcare facility. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call your local hospital. Healthcare providers may request testing based on a patient’s signs, symptoms, travel history and risk.

The state has launched a hotline to answer health-related questions seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (888) 535-6136. Staff cannot provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis through the hotline.

How Can I Help?

Financial Donations: The American Hospital Association has launched a hospital donation tool to search for individual hospitals make a contribution.  All donations go directly to help hospitals purchase PPE for health care workers and other desperately needed resources to fight COVID-19.

Volunteer: The state of Michigan is calling on healthcare professionals who can volunteer their expertise. Learn more on the state’s COVID-19 volunteer webpage. ​

PPE Donations: During this difficult time, Michigan hospitals appreciate any and all assistance to help protect healthcare workers and prevent the further spread of the virus. Many Michigan hospitals have set up donation sites for those who wish to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies and funds to help their local facilities. 

Below are the materials most needed at this time.  This list will be updated as efforts continue to progress. 

  • Hospital Gowns.
  • Ventilators.
  • Sanitizer (Hand / Wipe).
  • Gloves.
  • Surgical Masks.
  • Masks: NIOSH N95 or better.
  • No-Touch Thermometer.

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Recent Updates

COVID-19 Communications Resources for Providers (January 13): The American Hospital Association (AHA) has shared several resources to assist hospitals and health systems in targeting and encouraging vaccination among healthcare workers. The Ad Council has launched an AHA-supported COVID-19 Vaccine Education Effort, a multichannel campaign with four videos. In addition to the Ad Council-developed videos, hospitals and health systems have access to a host of downloadable materials. To reach communities digitally, the AHA launched #MyWhy, a social media campaign that amplifies healthcare workers’ voices on the importance of getting vaccinated. Using the hashtag #MyWhy and tagging @AHAhospitals, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and others are encouraged to share videos, social posts or written testimonials when it’s their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

How mRNA Vaccines Work (January 6): MDHHS has created an infographic illustrating what mRNA vaccines are and how they are being used to combat COVID-19.

Vaccine Updates

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Updates (March 5): The MHA is aware of ongoing misinformation regarding both the effectiveness of this vaccine and how it was developed (as it relates to use of fetal tissue). We encourage members to push back on misleading information on its communication channels whenever possible, which the MHA will also continue to do, and can provide the following background information and talking points to do so as appropriate:

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses that are put into arms do not contain fetal cells.
  • Fetal cell lines do play a role in the production of some common vaccines. The original fetal cells have multiplied millions of times, creating fetal cell lines. The cells used in the development of vaccines are independent and have been grown in laboratories for decades.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine works differently than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. This vaccine uses adenovirus (the virus that causes the common cold) to deliver instructions about COVID-19 to your cells through a piece of spike protein. Your immune system then builds antibodies and activates T-cells to destroy it. In the future, your cells remember how to destroy the protein, protecting you from the virus.
  • Growing the adenovirus to produce the vaccine requires cells. Scientists use fetal cell lines to grow the adenovirus, but by the time the adenovirus goes in the vial, the cells from the fetal cell lines have been filtered out.
  • Pope Francis and the Pope emeritus received the COVID-19 vaccine in January. The Pope referred to the vaccination as “an ethical action, because you are gambling with your health, you are gambling with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”
  • In a December statement, the Vatican says that it's "morally acceptable" to receive a vaccination for COVID-19, even if the vaccine's research or production involved using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, given the "grave danger" of the pandemic. The Catholic Health Association echoes this position, including specifically supporting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As it relates to questions around the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s effectiveness rate, compared with Pfizer and Moderna effectiveness rates:

  • The CDC has no preference for any of the three authorized vaccines. All three were proven to be safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-related hospitalization and death in clinical trials. This is the ultimate goal of any vaccine — to prevent serious illness and death.
  • The results of the Johnson & Johnson phase III trials are not comparable with those from the Pfizer and Moderna trials. These trials happened in different geographies and at a different calendar time when and where some of the more contagious variants were circulating. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine proved highly effective in a worldwide trial against new, highly contagious variants.
  • Individuals should accept whatever vaccine is first available to them as all are equally effective in prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death.
  • Providers cannot control which vaccine they receive from federal and state government agencies, and therefore cannot allow individuals to choose which vaccine they receive.

Race and Ethnicity Data Being Added to State Dashboard (Feb. 22): The MDHHS expects the state COVID-19 vaccine dashboard to be updated this week to include race and ethnicity data. The MDHHS has also created an option for those providers who perform direct data entry into the Michigan Care Improvement Registry. Additional information on how providers can directly input race and ethnicity data will be shared by the MDHHS later this week.

State Changes Hospitals’ Share of Vaccines Distributed (Feb. 4): MDHHS confirmed that it will continue the allocation process it implemented the week of Feb. 1, with 60% of the available vaccine going to health departments and 40% to hospitals, until further notice.

Vaccinating Vulnerable Communities (Jan. 20): The MDHHS yesterday, on their biweekly COVID-19 provider call, announced that they are working towards using the CDC Social Vulnerability Index to identify areas and individuals in Michigan that may have less access to COVID-19 vaccine, and will be encouraging vaccinating providers to use this data to find and vaccinate these individuals and communities. The MHA will also provide details on how to reach vulnerable individuals and communities as they become available.

Moving to Vaccination Priority Group 1B (Jan. 6): The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced in a press conference this afternoon that starting Monday, Jan. 11, additional Michiganders can be vaccinated against COVID-19, including residents 65 and over and police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. In addition, they announced a modified 1B priority group that includes any resident 65 years and older in addition to essential workers. Previously, 1B included individuals 75 and older and essential workers.

Vaccination Priority Group Updates (Jan. 4): MDHHS has updated the language regarding priority groups receiving the vaccine. The current priority groups are as follows:

  • 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
  • 1B: Frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older.
  • 1C: Other essential workers, persons 65 to 74 years of age and individuals 16 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.
  • 2: All persons age 16 years or older.

First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine (December 20): Pfizer began shipping its COVID-19 vaccine from its global warehouse in Michigan Dec. 14 and continued to deliver it to hospitals across the country throughout the week. Healthcare providers began inoculating staff members soon after the vaccine arrived. The second vaccine was approved for emergency use the evening of Dec. 18, and initial shipments to hospitals began Dec. 20.

COVID-19 Testing Information and Resources

Medical Providers and Congregate Care Facilities: Find Michigan laboratories available to offer COVID-19 testing.

Michignan Plan to Increase Testing: Learn more about Michigan’s plan to increase testing.

Adding New Test Site: Learn how to get a COVID-19 testing site added to the test site finder tool.

Updating Information on Finder Tool: Tools for updating existing information found on the test site finder tool.

Federal resources and information:

Healthcare Personnel Safety 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use and Conservation for COVID-19 - Guidance provided by the National Ebola Training and Education Center.   

Updated CDC PPE Guidance - Alternative personal protective equipment recommendations in consideration of current supply chain shortages.  

Association for Professionals in Infection Control COVID-19 webpage - Guidance for healthcare providers on COVID-19. Also available are a fact sheet and educational materials on personal protective equipment, and additional information is posted on the organization's Public Policy page.  

Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 webpage – Resources for employers and healthcare providers.

Important Information Sources

MDHHS Coronavirus Disease webpage – The latest Michigan-specific developments and guidance.

MDHHS Coronavirus Disease Fact Sheet – Important information for the community about COVID-19. Also available in SpanishTraditional ChineseSimplified Chinese and Arabic.

American Hospital Association (AHA) COVID-19 webpage – Updates from the AHA on COVID-19.

CDC Coronavirus Disease webpage – The latest national developments and guidance from the CDC. Information for hospitals and healthcare providers is also available.

World Health Organization COVID-19 webpage – International updates on COVID-19.

The MHA launched a new online job board for sharing staffing needs among hospitals. The association encourages hospitals to use this site to broadcast needs to other facilities, and/or search for opportunities to allow  staff to work elsewhere.  

New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – Interim coding guidance is available for providers until a new ICD-10 diagnosis code becomes effective April 1, 2020.  

Resources for the Media

The MHA and Michigan hospitals are committed to keeping the public informed during the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Resources are available below to assist reporters as they gather information for stories.

Contact the MHA

MHA Statements on COVID-19:

Media Inquiries

Contact the MHA at
(517) 703-8601

Members with questions may contact the MHA.

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