• COVID-19 Emergency Department Testing Tent Implementation

    MidMichigan Health
    News Release

    For Immediate Release
    March 12, 2020
    COVID-19 Emergency Department Testing Tent Implementation
    MIDLAND, Mich. – Out of an abundance of caution and due to the increase in volume of community members seeking COVID-19 testing and direction, MidMichigan Health has initiated its emergency preparedness protocol.
    “Just as other hospitals across the nation, we are currently in the process of setting up testing tents outside of the Emergency Departments at each of our Medical Centers,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “These measures have been put in place to help distance those with a concern about COVID-19 exposure from the rest of our patient population and our staff, health care providers and volunteers.”
    In January 2020, MidMichigan Health announced that, due to continued cases of the flu being reported and the heighted alert to COVID-19, travel screenings would continue to occur at patient registration areas and the previously implemented visitor restrictions would remain in place for the remainder of the flu season. The restrictions allow only those visitors who are healthy, without symptoms of illnesses, to visit patients at MidMichigan’s Medical Centers in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch.
    “Please continue to share with your family, friends, loved ones and neighbors that for the safety of all, if they think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, they are to call their health care provider immediately for instruction,” continued Dr. Watson. “If their provider office is closed, or they do not have a provider, they are to please contact Urgent Care or the Emergency Department prior to coming for direction on next steps.”
    Those interested in learning more about the COVID-19 may visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
    MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/ oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,700 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.
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