Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates: What to Know

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates: What to Know

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) FAQs & INFORMATION


While we expect to care for COVID-19 patients in designated areas of our hospitals for some time, we’ve taken extra steps to create a safe, secure environment for our patients, families and staff. In this new reality, we have put the following visiting restrictions in place:

  • Everyone who visits must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Those who screen positive will not be able to visit.
  • Children under 16 years old are not able to visit, except for end-of-life or other extreme situations as approved by a clinician or leader.
  • Everyone must:
    • wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth
    • practice social distancing (remain 6 feet from others)
    • clean hands when entering or exiting patient care areas
    • remove and throw away gloves
    • leave the facility as soon as the appointment or visit is over
Additional information

During this time, our patients still need care for health conditions unrelated to the virus, and Beaumont will continue to serve and care for the needs of all patients whether you are giving birth, needing treatment or surgery, or requiring lifesaving emergency procedures. We are committed to providing the critical health services we typically offer.

Admission to the hospital is not determined based on whether the patient has a positive or a negative COVID-19 test. Most COVID-19 positive patients will experience mild symptoms that can be treated at home. Therefore, a positive COVID-19 test has never been the threshold for determining hospital admission.


A patient’s symptoms determine whether or not they will be admitted. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Beaumont has admitted many patients to our hospitals with severe symptoms, even when their COVID-19 test is negative.

After being evaluated at one of our emergency centers, if patients are sent home instead of being admitted to the hospital, they are given discharge materials which instruct them when to contact/or return to the emergency center if they experience worsening symptoms.

For some patients, COVID-19 is a serious illness that can rapidly become more intense and deadly in a matter of days. Some patients have mild symptoms on one day and then have much more serious, life-threatening symptoms several days later.


From the beginning, we have instructed patients who are not admitted to the hospital to return to an emergency center immediately or dial 911 if they experience worsening or life-threatening symptoms.

Recently, Beaumont has been able to obtain additional testing supplies and, therefore, is able to continue to test our critically ill patient population and also test more employees. Beginning the week of April 20, any employee who calls in sick with COVID-19 symptoms is automatically scheduled for a test after 48 hours.


In addition, we will work to test our employees who have been waiting to be tested. Our goal is to test any employee who is home ill with COVID-19 symptoms within three days.


As the COVID-19 pandemic began, there were limited testing kits and reagents available across the country. As a result, health systems like Beaumont Health prioritized use of the testing kits. Our critically ill patient population was tested first due to the limited supplies.

Beaumont is well-equipped to care for you and your baby at our hospitals. Our staff is following local, state and CDC guidelines and recommendations for caring for patients requiring obstetrical care.


Right now, COVID-19 appears to infect infants and children much less than the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions and weakened immune systems. For more information, talk to your OB doctor about your concerns and options.

Beaumont has temporarily cancelled all in-person classes and events. Some online and virtual classes are available

  • Free classes: we will offer an online version, if possible
  • Paid classes: we will refund the fee and offer an online version of the class, if possible

If you have questions about classes or events, please call 800-633-7377.



BEAUMONT HEALTH COVID-19 TRACKER

Last updated:
July 2, 3 p.m.
Patients tested for COVID-19 currently in a Beaumont hospital Patients tested for COVID-19 and sent home TOTAL
Patients w/confirmed
COVID-19
1048,1678,271
Patients w/negative
COVID-19 test
1,41143,94745,358
Patients w/pending
COVID-19 test
231,6031,626
Deaths related to COVID-19 at a Beaumont hospital913
 
 YesterdaySince March 1
Patient discharges183,400
Patients off vents1229

* The statistics have been compiled since March 1. Beaumont’s daily numbers will vary from the State of Michigan due to processing times.

Pending and confirmed in hospital

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* NOTE: The chart shows what has happened. The future shape of the curve is dependent on how the pandemic moves through the state. Current predictions indicate a downward trend in cases due to social distancing measures.



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SOCIAL DISTANCING


As a community, one of the best things we can do is practice social distancing and stay home. It will slow down the spread of this virus and take some of the stress off the health care system. It’s important that you DO NOT:

  • Gather in groups
  • Invite friends over
  • Have play dates for kids
  • Make unnecessary trips
Preventing the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory viruses infographic

PREVENTION


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Preventing the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory viruses infographic

TREATMENT


Many of those who develop COVID-19 can self-treat at home with lots of fluids, rest and over-the-counter medications, like pain relievers.

Learn more »



WHAT BEAUMONT IS DOING TO PROTECT PATIENTS

Curbside coronavirus screening available at all eight Beaumont hospitals

  • Coronavirus testing is being processed on site by Beaumont staff on a limited basis
  • Beaumont’s Coronavirus hotline, 800-592-4784, is staffed by Beaumont nurses and staff members
  • Visitor safety restrictions are in place at all Beaumont hospitals
  • Some not immediately essential surgeries have been put on pause indefinitely
  • Some non-essential services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab have been put on pause indefinitely
  • The main Beaumont command center is helping the entire Beaumont team coordinate, share resources and communicate across Michigan’s largest health care system
  • State and federal health agencies and lawmakers are also working with Beaumont leaders to help contain the virus and enable health systems to care for patients who become seriously ill
  • Protecting our staff by providing them with and educating them about personal protective equipment (PPE) and appropriate infection control procedures
  • Collaboration with other health systems is occurring in Michigan and across the nation every day

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Beaumont Experts in the News


July 1
Beaumont researchers develop COVID-19 test that can detect virus in saliva, blood or urine in 45 minutes


May 18
1 in 3 put off medical care because of COVID-19. It almost cost a Redford man his life. (Detroit Free Press)


May 14
Dr. Zafar Shamoon, chief of emergency services at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, shares how COVID-19 has affected this year’s celebration of Ramadan. (New York Times)


May 10
Dr. Bishara Freij talks about the rise in Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome cases (NBC Nightly News, Fox 2 News, Good Morning America)


May 8
Dr. Sanjay Dogra returns to serve patients after recovering from COVID-19 (WDIV-TV4)


May 6
Mom gives birth to twins while sick with coronavirus (CBS Evening News)


May 5
Beaumont nurse on the front lines shares her experience caring for COVID-19 patients  (MSNBC, MSNBC Follow-Up Interview, CBS Evening News, CW50, MSNBC COVID-19 Update: Maureen Biddinger-Grisius)


Apr. 29
Dr. Is In with Dr. Justin Skrzynski (Fox 2)


Apr. 25
Twins born to COVID-19 positive parents (MSNBC story 1, MSNBC story 2, Good Morning America, People Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Fox 2 Detroit)


Apr. 20
How social workers have become lifeline for families during pandemic (WDIV)


Apr. 19
Nurse Manager at Beaumont, GP, encourages staff with powerful email (Bridge)


Apr. 13
Beaumont launches nation’s largest study on COVID-19 antibodies (Good Morning America, USA Today, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Tucker Carlson Tonight - FOX News National, The Journal Nature/UK, WJR, Jewish News)


Apr. 10
Dr. Nick Gilpin provides update on COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan (BBC International TV News)


Apr. 9
‘I got my husband back from the dead’ - Man hospitalized for month with COVID-19 (WDIV-TV4)


Apr. 9
Victory boards celebrate success (WDIV-TV4)


Apr. 9
Beaumont CEO John Fox describes financial impact to health systems (Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN)


Apr. 6-8
Beaumont doctors share their experiences caring for COVID-19 patients (Dr. Sanford Vieder – CNBC, Dr. Jeffrey Ditkoff – The New Yorker, Dr. Nick Gilpin – ABC National Podcast, Dr. Justin Trivax – Wall Street Journal)


Apr. 4
Beaumont team members talk about the importance of Canadian workers to Beaumont, U.S. health care (Aaron Gillingham – Wall Street Journal, Nikki Hillis-Walter, RN – CBC Radio, Steve Homick, RN and Nikki Hillis-Walters, RN – Buzzfeed News, Fox 2 News)


Apr. 3
Family returns to Beaumont, Taylor to thank staff after loved one passes away (Fox 2 Detroit)


Apr. 2
Beaumont doctors and staff describe the surge of COVID-19 cases at Metro Detroit hospitals (ABC National News Nightline)


Mar. 19
Beaumont Health Lab, others processing limited number of COVID-19 tests (Michigan Radio)


Mar. 19
Beaumont doctor tells 'worried well' to stay calm, treat at home amid coronavirus concerns (Hometown Life)


Mar. 18
'There will be more': Beaumont reports Michigan's first death from coronavirus (Crain's Detroit)


Mar. 18
Protecting The Elderly From COVID (Metro Parent)


Mar. 18
Beaumont urging well people not to call COVID-19 hotline (Royal Oak Tribune)


Mar. 14
Coronavirus testing drive-thrus pop up across metro Detroit, state (Detroit Free Press)


Mar. 14
Beaumont Health announces first confirmed coronavirus case, bans visitors from hospitals (Local 4)


Mar. 14
Beaumont opens curbside COVID-19 testing, as state cases rise to 33 (Oakland Press)


Mar. 12
Michigan hospitals start to restrict visitation over coronavirus fears (Crain's Detroit Business)


Mar. 12
Coronavirus: ‘No Reason to go to an Emergency Room,’ ER Doctor Advises(Detroit Jewish News)


Mar. 7
Hot baths don't prevent coronavirus, and any race can get it, experts debunking rumors say (Detroit Free Press)


Mar. 7
How does coronavirus affect pregnant women? (WXYZ Detroit)


Mar. 5
Coronavirus outbreak: Is Michigan prepared for widespread COVID-19 cases? (Detroit Free Press)


Feb. 27
Coronavirus: What’s the Risk For Michiganders? (WDET)


Feb. 27
Beaumont doctor talks about coronavirus concerns (Fox 2 Detroit)


Feb. 5
Airport passengers react to coronavirus health emergency (Fox 2 Detroit)


Feb. 4
Precautions being taken to contain coronavirus (Fox 2 Detroit)


Jan. 27
3 Michigan cases test negative for coronavirus (Crain's Detroit)


Jan. 24
Three possible coronavirus cases may be in metro Detroit area (Fox 2 Detroit)

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