Published on March 22, 2020

MidMichigan Responds to Positive Test, Reminds Community of Safety Measures

MIDLAND, Mich. – MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland was notified this morning by the Midland County Health Department that one of its physicians tested positive for COVID-19. The physician is quarantined at home.

“Unfortunately, with this virus, it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of exposure. We are working closely with the local health department to inform patients, staff and others who may have had contact with the physician,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “We made our health system staff aware immediately this morning and the tracers and calls are currently underway. Information will be provided to those identified on how to monitor for symptoms and take necessary precautions to minimize the exposure to others.”

MidMichigan Health continues to follow the guidance of the local, state and national agencies, including the CDC, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. As part of its emergency preparedness plan, MidMichigan Health has reinforced its visitor restrictions and implemented screening checks for all its patients and visitors.

In addition, as of Monday, March 23, MidMichigan will stop performing elective surgeries and procedures in a further effort to decrease exposure to patients and staff. This also allows the health system to practice conservation of supplies.

“It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to implement all recommended measures to significantly reduce the spread of illness. The best way to prevent the spread is social distancing and proper hygiene, such as hand washing and not touching our faces.” said Watson. “Again, as the virus continues, those we know, even one of our own, may become positive. With this, we urge all to please continue to share with your family, friends, loved ones and neighbors that for the safety of all, if they develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, or have concern of exposure to COVID-19 now with symptoms, they are to call their health care provider immediately for instruction.”

For the safety of all, MidMichigan Health reminds its communities:

  • If you feel sick and have symptoms of a fever of 100.4 or greater, cough or shortness of breath, please call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Please avoid contact with others and do not travel while sick.
  • Above all, the best way to prevent the spread of this virus is social distancing and proper hygiene, such as hand washing and not touching our faces. With these two measures we are all significantly less likely to get the illness.

As a service to the community, MidMichigan Health has also published a COVID-19 informational hotline with a reminder of CDC guidelines and recommendations. Staff is also available to help answer community questions Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can be reached toll-free at (800) 445-7356 or (989) 794-7600.