Email sent on April 10, 2020
Dear Friends of Michigan Medicine,
Just three weeks ago, Michigan Medicine had 14 patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. This week, we’ve had as many as 229 at a time, many of whom are transfers from Detroit-area hospitals. Since the pandemic began, we have tested more than 3,500 people for COVID-19, with a total of more than 700 positive tests. And the state of Michigan continues to have the third-highest number of cases nationally, most of them in the southeastern part of the state.
To be sure, the challenges we have faced and will continue to face are extraordinary. Yet I remain proud of the work that my colleagues at Michigan Medicine are doing to be on the leading edge of treating patients and testing therapies. Learn more about the work that we are doing in this video.
Social media campaign. Please take a moment to recognize the commitment of Michigan Medicine employees by using the hashtag #HailToTheFrontLine on social media. Your message will be pulled into the campaign and displayed online. If you aren’t a social media user, you can upload your message of gratitude or encouragement directly, or view other posts at www.UofMHealth.org/frontline.
COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. We are grateful for your donations to our COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. The fund allows Michigan Medicine leadership to address our most vital needs at any given time. More than 1,100 people have donated to the fund so far, and we thank you all for your support.
In the news. Our experts continue to be prominent in the local and national news coverage of COVID-19, including recent interviews on NPR, The New York Times, and Good Morning America. Our social media channels and blogs have been an excellent resource for our expertise as well. This article about what to do when a loved one has COVID-19 has been shared widely.
Mental health resources. Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry unveiled a new guide this week that was developed by faculty members with extensive expertise in many of the issues affecting everyone during this critical “stay at home” period. It will be updated as new relevant content is made available.
Throughout this time of rapid change, know that one thing remains constant: Michigan Medicine is here for you and your loved ones, and we are working with fierce determination to find a path forward.
With kind regards,
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U‑M
CEO, Michigan Medicine