Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

A Message from the CEO of Michigan Medicine

Dr. Marschall Runge, MD, PhD

“We anticipate that COVID-19 will remain a part of our daily lives for some time. However, we also recognize that our other, non-COVID-19 patients, need critical care. As we reopen our surgical and procedural suites, we are developing strict protocols and updated standard operating procedures to ensure that all of our patients are safe. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care, for every single patient that comes through our doors.   ”

Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
CEO, Michigan Medicine


Michigan Medicine Takes Steps to Ensure Patient Safety During COVID-19

Dr. Mark Prince shares three important steps that Michigan Medicine has taken to give you a safe, reliable place to receive care. After watching the video, visit our Keeping Our Patients Safe During COVID-19 page for more information.

COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine by the Numbers

Michigan Medicine is posting daily snapshots of our current COVID-19 testing and inpatient count.

As of May 26, 1:00 pm

  • Total patients tested for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine since the pandemic began (includes pending tests): 12,960
  • Total positive tests: 1,092
  • Tests pending (waiting for results): 260
  • Current inpatients that are COVID-19 positive: 43
  • Total COVID-19 patients discharged to date: 531
  • COVID-19 patients discharged in the last 24 hours: 1

Discharge numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but exclude deaths and discharges to hospice.

National COVID-19 Data: For COVID-19 data for the U.S., including case numbers, hospitalization rates, hospital capacity, and more, visit the Cases, Data, and Surveillance page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Articles from Our Lab Blog About "Flattening the Curve" for COVID-19

Learn from Michigan Medicine experts about what it means to flatten the curve for COVID-19 and how to prevent a second peak.



COVID-19 in Michigan Map

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Questions & Answers

For information about COVID-19 specific to the state of Michigan, visit the State of Michigan COVID-19 website. To find a COVID-19 testing location, visit the COVID-19 Test Finder page on the website.

For more up-to-date medical information about COVID-19, including what to do if you're sick, symptoms, data, and more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website.

What is Novel Coronavirus COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a newly identified coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It has been diagnosed in multiple locations worldwide and has received widespread attention from public health authorities and the news media. We are closely monitoring and following guidance from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are in close contact with state and local health authorities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

Who is at risk of getting COVID-19?

In Michigan, we are seeing community spread of COVID-19, which means that there is some risk of exposure for everyone. 

Exposure risk is higher for:

  • Healthcare workers and for those who have prolonged close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of more severe infection.

You can lower your risk of exposure by practicing social distancing including staying at least 6 feet away from people, limiting contact with large groups of people, and washing your hands frequently.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.

CDC COVID-19 Symptoms and Self-Checker Tool: For more about COVID-19 symptoms and to access a self-checker tool, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Symptoms of Coronavirus page.

I think I have coronavirus or COVID-19, what do I do?

If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

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Stay at home and away from others if you are sick. In many cases, COVID-19 can be managed without emergency care. However, if your symptoms are severe and you are in an emergency situation, call 911 or go to your local emergency room. Be sure to tell the 911 operator or emergency department triage staff that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.

Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that are not life-threatening who do not have a primary care provider should call the State of Michigan Coronavirus Hotline at 888-535-6136.

Michigan Medicine patients and employees are able to access a number of enhanced outpatient care options designed exclusively for individuals with possible COVID-19 diagnoses.

COVID-19 Hotline:

The Michigan Medicine COVID-19 Hotline is available for established Michigan Medicine patients for questions about symptoms, home management, whether medical treatment is required and what specific steps you should follow to receive care or testing. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, only for patients and employees of Michigan Medicine. Call the hotline at 734-763-6336.

E-Visits and Video Visits:

Michigan Medicine providers are expanding access to E-Visits and Video Visits to allow existing patients to be evaluated for symptoms of COVID-19.

Curbside COVID-19 Screening:

Curbside COVID-19 screening for established Michigan Medicine patients will be offered from select Michigan Medicine health center locations by referral only.

Patient-Specific Guidelines for COVID-19

Many of our specialty clinics have developed COVID-19 guidelines for their patients with medical conditions. Visit our COVID-19 Patient-Specific Guidelines page to view these guidelines organized by category.

COVID-19 Information Videos in Other Languages

Who is at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19?

According to the CDC and WHO, people at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 include older adults over 60 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer
  • People with compromised immune systems

People with compromised immune systems include those:

  • With primary or acquired immunodeficiency
  • On anti-rejection therapy following organ or bone marrow transplant
  • On biologic therapeutic agents
  • With malignant cancers or receiving or who have recently received chemotherapy
  • Receiving systemic immunosuppressive therapy, including corticosteroids equivalent to 20 mg a day of prednisone for 2 weeks or longer

If you are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, watch closely for symptoms and emergency warning signs. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Get medical attention immediately if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Blue-colored lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Visit our COVID-19 Patient-Specific Guidelines page to view or download information for patients with specific conditions or who are being treated at certain Michigan Medicine clinics. This page will be updated as we learn more about the disease.

Should I be worried about the new multi-system inflammatory syndrome being reported in children and adolescents?

New reports suggest that a rare and potentially fatal inflammatory disease linked to the novel coronavirus is afflicting a small number of kids. Pediatric health experts are closely monitoring new data, emphasizing that while parents should learn about the new condition and know the symptoms – they also shouldn’t panic.


Read more about the new syndrome here

How does COVID-19 spread?

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) says health experts are still learning about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
  • In rare cases, contact with feces

What steps can I take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or flu?

If you are ill, stay home and rest. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (Watch the video: "Wash Your Hands: Fight Germs with the University of Michigan Fight Song" for a "Go-Blue" approved demonstration of how to do this.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone outside your household, whether they appear to be sick or not. Some people may carry the virus but may not show many symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Adults and children over the age of 2 should wear a cloth face cover or mask to cover your mouth and nose when you’re in public.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.

How is COVID-19 treated?

There are currently no tested therapies proven to prevent or treat COVID-19. Treatments are instead focused on supporting the patient and managing symptoms, helping the patient to breathe, and allowing the body to fight the infection and heal.


University of Michigan faculty are closely monitoring a number of potential treatments in development around the world, including several therapies currently being investigated here at Michigan Medicine.

For more information, read our blog post on the Michigan Medicine Lab Blog: Chloroquine, Ibuprofen and Beyond: Doctors Discuss Latest Treatments, and Treatment Rumors, For COVID-19

What should I do about scheduled appointments, or appointments I need to schedule unrelated to COVID-19?

Michigan Medicine providers are expanding access to E-Visits and Video Visits to allow existing patients to continue receiving regular care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provider offices are contacting some patients to transition scheduled appointments to an E-Visit format, and some new appointment requests may also be scheduled as Video Visits.

Contact your clinic with other questions about appointments, or visit our Virtual Care page to determine if an E-Visit or Video Visit could help you avoid the need to visit a clinic.

How We're Managing PPE During COVID-19

Watch our video 3 Things to Know About COVID-19 to learn from Michigan Medicine Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Desmond, how we are protecting our frontline health care workers. For more on this story, read our news release: Michigan Medicine Chief Medical Officer: “Employee safety remains our top priority."

Support Our COVID-19 Response, Recognize Our Workers

Two Ways to Donate

Are you looking for ways to help during the COVID-19 pandemic? By donating to our COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund or contributing gifts of personal protective equipment (PPE) or other health care items, you can help accelerate our efforts to positively impact the course of the pandemic in Michigan, the nation, and the world. Visit the Support Our COVID-19 Response page for more information about how to give.

Recognize Our Frontline Workers: #HailToTheFrontLine

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Recognize the teams at Michigan Medicine by posting your message of gratitude and encouragement on social media using the tag #HailToTheFrontline. If you aren’t a social media user, you can upload your message directly at by clicking on the “Add your message of encouragement” button.

To see some of the messages posted already, visit



COVID-19 Health Resources, Research and News

Sign up for email updates: Visit the COVID-19 Email Updates page to sign up to receive regular email updates from Michigan Medicine with news and resources about the coronavirus.

Click on one of the links below to read the latest stories and research information from our Michigan Health and Lab blogs and News Room.

Visit the Health Resources, Research and News page for more COVID-19 news and resources.