For immediate, up-to-date information on Covid-19, Hurley Medical Center recommends the official website of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For detailed information regarding the status of Covid-19 in Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is NOT available for the general public on request. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild respiratory illnesses.
Similar to testing for other infectious diseases, such as the flu, the first step is a full evaluation by your Primary Care Provider.
March 11, 2020
With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announcement of the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 “Coronavirus” in Michigan, we understand that this may cause you to have concerns. While these first confirmed cases in Michigan were not in our local community, we want to assure you that Hurley Medical Center has been actively preparing for this development by collaborating with state and local partners.
While COVID-19 is new, preparing for responses to public health issues, medical emergencies, and disasters is second nature to us. In fact, as a Level 1 Trauma Center, Hurley takes emergency preparedness seriously 365 days a year by incorporating in-depth training within our hospital and clinic system.
Hurley treats patients with a variety of infectious diseases on a daily basis. These patients are isolated and treated in appropriate spaces by our trained staff using specialized equipment. Hospital physicians meet daily and are in close contact with local public health officials. If Covid-19 were to cause a surge of patients, we are prepared to deploy the specific strategies that will work best in response to the rapidly changing situation.
We are coordinating our efforts to ensure that should you develop symptoms that are of concern for COVID-19, we can minimize the risk to other individuals and healthcare workers while you seek treatment. We encourage all patients with symptoms to first contact their physician’s office or clinic for further instruction. Patients who need to be seen in the emergency room should communicate with Hurley prior to arrival. This will be key in our ability to provide the safest treatment for you and our staff. If you are directed to Hurley Medical Center for Covid-19 treatment, we ask that you call 810-262-3685 to coordinate your arrival. Your participation in this process is greatly appreciated as we work to minimize risk to our community.
Hurley is committed to monitoring this situation as it continues to develop. We will utilize our website and social media forums to communicate with you in a timely manner. As we receive updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we will share that information with you so you will be able to make informed decisions for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and family members.
In the meantime, we encourage all members of our local community to be active in your role of prevention of all contagious diseases, including influenza. Precautions everyone can take include, but are not limited to:
Stay home when you are sick.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing in between fingers and wrists.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and wrists, rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Frequently disinfect high-traffic surfaces in your home such as doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, remote controls, faucets, tablets and cell phones.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick – use a six-foot buffer rule.
Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue away. Do not use your hands to cover a cough or a sneeze.
For immediate, up-to-date information on Covid-19, please visit the official website of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For detailed information regarding the status of Covid-19 in Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
What should I do if I’m symptomatic (cough, fever, difficulty breathing) and suspect I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with existing cases of COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will work with the local health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. They will also provide you with guidance for how to manage your visit to their office and what precautions you should take to avoid infecting others. If possible, virtual or telehealth visits should be used if available to avoid spreading the virus. If in-person care is necessary, the office may advise you to wear a surgical mask if you have one; wait in your vehicle/outside to be transported into the facility away from other patients; and more.
Who gets tested for COVID-19?
The CDC has issued guidance to healthcare providers for determining which patients likely need testing. Providers will use their judgement of a patient’s symptoms, travel history and risk factors to evaluate a patient. The provider will then contact the local health department to make a final determination and execute the testing process.
Does everyone who suspects COVID-19 need medical treatment?
No. The vast majority of cases diagnosed thus far around the world have been mild or completely without symptoms and may be cared for by staying home and using comfort care similar to those for a cold: fluids, rest and over-the-counter medications. Hospitals will focus on caring for those who have more severe cases of the virus, such as populations with underlying health issues that put them at greater risk.
Where is the best source of up-to-date information about COVID-19?
For residents and providers in Michigan, the MDHHS website is the best place to start as it contains both Michigan-specific information and the CDC’s guidance for the public and healthcare providers. You can visit the site at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
When will a vaccine become available?
Researchers are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but that process will take 12-18 months. The U.S. Congress is working to ensure that the vaccine is widely available and that it’s covered by insurers or made available at low or no cost.
Should I be wearing a facemask to protect myself from the virus?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).