Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Weekly Update, May 12, 2020.

May 12, 2020

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Weekly Update, May 12, 2020.

The following was submitted by Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital:

If you have specific questions about hospital operations, please contact the hospital directly at 231-843-2591. The hospital does not respond to questions asked on the MCP or OCP Facebook pages.

LUDINGTON — We encourage you to visit spectrumhealth.org/covid-19. The dashboard below reflects the 16-county region served by Spectrum Health. Local information can be found on the District #10 Health Department web site at www.dhd10.org.

COVID-19 positive cases. There have been 21 confirmed cases in Mason County, 29 in Oceana County, 11 in Manistee County, and 2 in Lake County. A reminder that confirmed cases will be reported through the District Health Department. There have been 271 tests completed at the Ludington Hospital laboratory.  Total specimen collections completed in Ludington have been 808 (some specimens are testing at the Spectrum Health laboratory in Grand Rapids).

COVID-19 testing. Testing for COVID-19 is expanding, particularly as select medical procedures are beginning to resume for those patients whose physicians have deemed them at risk and in need for surgeries and procedures. Clinical criteria are in place to help guide those decisions and all executive orders are being followed. Inpatients and emergency department patients who are expected to be admitted are being tested using a 15-minute test completed through the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital laboratory. Supplies are still very limited, so criteria to receive a rapid test result is selective. Outpatient testing is being completed through in-car appointments and take approximately 24 hours for results. Because physician orders for outpatient testing are increasing, testing hours have been expanded and will increase to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Appointments and procedures. Select surgeries and procedures are resuming according to executive orders of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Each patient’s situation is reviewed individually by his/her physician. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is ready to serve patients, utilizing universal precautions for patient care and safety. If you feel you need medical care, contact your primary care physician or call the hospital at 231.843.2591. As always, for medical emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Sources of truth. Please continue to visit https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19 website for up-to-date information as it pertains to COVID-19. Visit the District #10 Health Department Facebook page or website https://www.dhd10.org/ for daily updates on local COVID-19 cases.

Information for all Spectrum Health services.

National Nurses Week and Health Care Week. This week marks the start of National Health Care Week as we wind down Nurses Week. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has held several activities to thank and support our nurses and will feature internal events this week focusing on our entire health care team. Their work is critical to our success and to keeping our communities safe and well. On Tuesday, May 12, at 9 p.m. communities across West Michigan will “light up the night” as families place lighted luminaries in yards and driveways as a tribute to health care workers. In Ludington, the City of Midland car ferry horn will blow at 9 p.m., echoed by the Badger horn to signify the start of the luminary ceremony. Photos can be submitted online to the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Facebook page if people would like to share luminaries in honor of a specific nurse or other health care worker. We thank you in advance for your kind tributes.

On Wednesday, May 13, Ludington Hospital employees will enjoy a donated breakfast from the Ludington Education Association and Spectrum Health Foundation Ludington Hospital board members. We thank you in advance for this generous donation.

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