Weekly COVID Update 1/15/2021

January 15, 2021

Earlier this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new epidemic order that allows some additional indoor activities to resume with restrictions including the continued requirement of wearing face coverings and limited occupancies.


Dear Faculty and Staff, 

Earlier this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new epidemic order that allows some additional indoor activities to resume with restrictions including the continued requirement of wearing face coverings and limited occupancies. The new order does not change our current campus plans and policies related to COVID-19.  

With the start of the semester, we will resume sending regular email updates to keep you all informed regarding the university COVID-19 response. This week there are a few areas we’d like to highlight and clarify. Please review this email from January 6 for a full summary of campus activities through at least March 1. 

  • Information regarding on-campus activities beginning Monday, March 1 will be shared with the campus community by mid-February. 

Vaccine Information 

  • Vaccine availability continues to be a challenge throughout our region. As you may have learned from media reports, the distribution of the vaccine and the vaccination process is taking longer than expected and is running much behind early predictions. We all must remain patient with this process. 

  • Beginning this week, organizations throughout the state were able to begin vaccinating those in the Phase 1B category (including individuals 65 years or older). Many organizations are continuing to work through individuals in the Phase 1A category. 

  • All U-M faculty and staff who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from Michigan Medicine must do the following:

  1. Complete the Blue Queue questionnaire

    • If you already have an active Michigan Medicine MRN and MyUofMHeath account you do not need to do anything further. You will receive a notification in your MyUofMHealth portal when it is time to schedule your vaccine appointment. 

  2. Be sure that you have a Michigan Medicine medical record number (MRN) and a MyUofMHealth account. 

    • If you do not have a Michigan Medicine MRN and/or a MyUofMHealth account you should follow the steps below to ease the registration process when it is time for your vaccination.

    • If you have a Michigan Medicine MRN but do not have the MyUofMHealth account you should fill out this online form: https://www.myuofmhealth.org/MyChart-PRD/Signup. If you do not remember your MRN, you may enter all zeros to expedite this process.

    • If you do not have a Michigan Medicine MRN or MyUofMHealth account, please register by calling 734-936-4990 and press option 1 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The representative will assist you with establishing an MRN and setting up your MyUof MHealth account. Please remember that if the representatives are all busy and you must leave a message, they will respond to you as quickly as possible. 

The university frequently updates the COVID-19 area of the website. It is a good first place to check if you are looking for guidance regarding UM-Dearborn’s response to COVID-19. You can also always email me at ldrabczy@umich.edu with any questions. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our campus community safe. 

Best,

Laura L. Drabczyk, MPA, MUPL
Director | Office of Emergency Management

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