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UPDATE FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 22
The previous update was Monday, October 19 at 8 p.m. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- TOTAL: 67 more positives, 30 more probable positives, 115 more recoveries and two deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: Six more positives, two more probable positives and six more recoveries
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 22 more positives, 27 more probable positives, four more recoveries
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 35 more positives, 103 more recoveries, two deaths
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: One more recovery
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: Four more positives, one more probable positive, one more recovery
Michigan Healthcare Systems Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19 Policies
The following statement is made on behalf of Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers of Michigan Healthcare Systems and Hospitals.
As the physician leaders of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state of Michigan, representing 110 of Michigan’s 137 hospitals, we have an important safety message regarding COVID-19.
We want to make it clear that regardless of state law, executive orders, or local public health directives, hospitals and healthcare systems across the state are standing as a united front in our policies and interventions in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that every Michigan resident join us in taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
Read the full statement at mha.org.
MDHHS provides COVID-19 guidance for holiday travel and gatherings
he holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays.
“Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of our most cherished traditions,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season.”
Read the full guidance at michigan.gov.
MDHHS announces $50,000 grant for direct care worker infection control training
he Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced a partnership with IMPART Alliance at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to develop infection control training for direct care workers. MDHHS has provided IMPART Alliance $50,000 in COVID Relief Funding to develop the training and make it widely available for direct care workers (DCW) providing home and community-based services.
IMPART Alliance will develop a comprehensive Infection Control curriculum for training all direct care workers and family caregivers. MDHHS, IMPART Alliance and others will widely distribute the training to increase access and skills for the caregivers. The training will be free of charge and available in December 2020.
Read the full announcement at michigan.gov.
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