The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has informed Munson Healthcare last night—Monday March 16—that two patients tested and treated at Munson Healthcare facilities have confirmed cases of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
One patient was screened and tested at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and the other at Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. The safety precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization were followed in treating both of these patients.
The safety of our patients, staff and community is our top priority. With these cases now confirmed, Munson Healthcare Employee Health is actively notifying all staff who were involved in the care of these two patients and following up accordingly. Employee Health and each county’s local health department are monitoring these patients now, who both exhibited mild symptoms, and determining patient contact in an effort to reduce possible spread.
Munson Healthcare is collaborating with state and local health departments as this situation continues to evolve. We are closely monitoring developments and will continue to provide healthcare guidance and updates as appropriate. Now more than ever it is imperative for the public to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene to help prevent further spread.