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A Possible COVID-19 Plateau, and the Plan Forward

Email sent on April 17, 2020


Dear Friends of Michigan Medicine,

During the past week, we have experienced some continued strains on our health system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also have witnessed a cause for optimism. Our number of COVID-positive patients increased each day from mid-March to April 8. On April 9, however, our numbers went down for the first time, followed by a plateau over the days that followed. If the trend holds, we will have reached the point in the pandemic of “flattening the curve,” a phrase that Michigan Medicine’s own Dr. Howard Markel helped to coin.

And while I believe this to be a good sign, I encourage you to remain cautious and to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and your local regulations. The curve has only flattened because so many Michigan residents have obeyed quarantine and other public health recommendations. It is one of the most important ways you can support our frontline providers and staff members.

We are pleased to announce two new ways to show support while social distancing:

  • Register and fundraise for the #HailtotheFrontLine Virtual 5K. The #HailtotheFrontLine Virtual 5K can be run, walked, or biked from any location — a road, a trail, a treadmill, on a track, or even on your stationary bike. Choose how to participate and complete your 5K by May 24, 2020. Take a positive break from quarantine and practice social distancing while fundraising to support Michigan Medicine’s COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. Register here.

  • Create your own fundraiser for the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. Build your own personal #HailtotheFrontLine fundraising page to support Michigan Medicine’s COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. Share your page with family, friends, and colleagues, and track your progress as you raise critical funds to accelerate Michigan Medicine’s efforts to overcome the pandemic. Learn more here.

We also appreciate the continued support of our COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund and generous donations of food and supplies. The fund will be used for a variety of vital needs, which could include the work currently underway by our researchers to study and address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are looking for drug treatments, rapid-response efforts by hospitals, preservation of personal protective equipment, and much more. Take a deeper dive into the research that is underway around the university by looking through this research index. As you will see, Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan remain second to none when it comes to the breadth and depth of our collaborative, timely, and innovative research.

Finally, enjoy this wonderful video that honors some of our essential employees.

Thank you for helping to make this work possible. 

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