MHA Issues Statement on 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Posted on March 03, 2020
The following statement may be attributed to MHA CEO Brian Peters.
Michigan hospitals and health systems are closely monitoring developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are working diligently with state and federal agencies to educate and train their staffs to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 cases in Michigan.
We recognize the concerns of our communities, staff and patients when dealing with any infectious disease. Hospitals work routinely on emergency preparedness to be ready to react to the spread of infectious disease. We expect every hospital to be able to safely identify, evaluate and treat a patient with COVID-19 should a case present in Michigan.
It is important for the public to know that most people who become infected with COVID-19 will have mild to no symptoms, which can be treated by supportive care and without hospitalization. Hospitals strongly recommend that the public follow the same precautions recommended to prevent spread of flu and the common cold to help prevent spread of COVID-19.
Collaboration and communication within Michigan’s healthcare community is vital to our state’s readiness efforts. The MHA is continually providing updated guidance to hospitals from state and national agencies, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association. Our commitment is to the health and wellness of our patients, staff and communities, and we will continue to work together to ensure we are as prepared as possible to provide care should cases of COVID-19 develop in Michigan.
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