Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Aug. 10
Posted on August 14, 2020
The MHA continues to keep members apprised of developments affecting Michigan hospitals during the pandemic through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. Important updates are outlined below.
Number of Michigan COVID-19 Cases Has Plateaued
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced during an Aug. 14 news conference that there have been 90,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 6,289 deaths. Currently, the state ranks 40th in the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per capita across the country and is 40th in the percentage of those testing positive on COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Although residents need to continue to follow recommended precautions, the number of Michigan’s new cases has plateaued, with the average infection rate reported as being half that of neighboring Midwest states. Testing continues to expand statewide, with 38,000 tests reported in one day and an average positive case rate of 3.2%.
MI Mask Aid Project to Provide 4 Million Free Masks to Needy Michiganders
The governor Aug. 14 announced the MI Mask Aid project, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ford Motor Co. that will distribute 4 million free masks to those in need, including low-income students and minorities. FEMA has already sent 1.5 million masks to organizations that include local Community Action Agencies serving low-income residents, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) offices, Area Agencies on Aging, homeless shelters and Native American tribes. Another 1 million face coverings from FEMA and 1.5 million from Ford will go to low-income schools, the City of Detroit, Federally Qualified Health Centers, some COVID-19 testing sites and to many of the organizations listed above to reach vulnerable populations — including minority residents who have been affected by the public health crisis due to racism. Mask distribution site information is available from the state COVID-19 hotline at (888) 535-6136 or through a Community Action Agency.
Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available to members on the MHA Community Site and the MHA COVID-19 webpage. Questions on COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies may be directed to the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC). Members with MHA-specific questions should contact the following MHA staff members:
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