COVID-19 OUTBREAK PREVENTION

One thing that became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic in America is that Michigan was primarily left to its own ingenuity and cooperation with other states to assist and protect its constituents

On June 1, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that 57,532 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,516 have died from the virus — an additional 135 cases and 25 deaths since Sunday.

The outbreak has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 11,058 total cases and 1,375 deaths Monday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, those numbers stand at 20,446 cases with 2,463 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (8,407), Macomb County (6,707), Kent County (3,748), Genesee County (2,015), Washtenaw (1,337) and Saginaw with 1,048 cases.

Shri’s Solution: Michigan Outbreak Defense Center (M.O.D.C.)

Michigan needs sound policy to strengthen public health in our state. Testing remains inadequate throughout the United States, and chronic under-funding has left most state and local public health departments without a sufficient workforce to conduct mass contact tracing. Despite early warnings, the federal government was unprepared in its response, leaving the states to fend for themselves. Covid-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of public health systems throughout the United States, which need to be fixed before the next pandemic.

Funding

Michigan needs to fund new programming to boost our Public Health Systems throughout the state and to hire and train professional contact tracers who now work on a volunteer basis. In addition, Michigan needs a permanent command center (Michigan Outbreak Defense Center) to function as a clearinghouse of information and to coordinate communications and efforts to fight if not prevent future outbreaks.

Data

Big data alone would cause too many false alarms if not backed up by outbreak investigations on the ground. A Michigan early warning system would require a team of well-trained health professionals including an epidemiologist, who could be rapidly deployed to investigate and contain an outbreak in Michigan. Programs conducting  zoonotic reconnaissance , AI surveillance and outbreak investigations already exist, but they need to be scaled up and integrated into a comprehensive national and/or global early warning system. Funding could be acquired to make this a reality and could provide excellent outbreak defense to maintain and protect the health and wellbeing of the people of Michigan.

Early Warning Systems

We can create our own Michigan Outbreak Early Warning System. An early warning system could allow for early detection of and rapid response to an outbreak before it spreads. We can use technology to gather intelligence through a combination of zoonotic reconnaissance, artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance and outbreak investigation.

Coordinated Public Health Systems in Michigan

Early warnings would be useless if local, regional, statewide, national and global public health systems cannot mount an effective response to an outbreak. Places in the world that have crushed the epidemic curve so far — such as Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea — already have robust public health systems that took early actions, set up a unified command, executed a coordinated and science-based strategy, deployed technological and human resources, ramped up testing and contact tracing, and provided trustworthy and transparent information to the public.

One thing that became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic in America is that Michigan was primarily left to its own ingenuity and cooperation with other states to assist and protect its constituents

On June 1, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that 57,532 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,516 have died from the virus — an additional 135 cases and 25 deaths since Sunday.

The outbreak has reached all but four of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The city of Detroit, which is the only city in Michigan with its own health department, reported 11,058 total cases and 1,375 deaths Monday. Combined with the rest of Wayne County, those numbers stand at 20,446 cases with 2,463 total deaths.

Other counties reporting case numbers over 1,000 include: Oakland County (8,407), Macomb County (6,707), Kent County (3,748), Genesee County (2,015), Washtenaw (1,337) and Saginaw with 1,048 cases.

Shri’s Solution: Michigan Outbreak Defense Center (M.O.D.C.)

Michigan needs sound policy to strengthen public health in our state. Testing remains inadequate throughout the United States, and chronic under-funding has left most state and local public health departments without a sufficient workforce to conduct mass contact tracing. Despite early warnings, the federal government was unprepared in its response, leaving the states to fend for themselves. Covid-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of public health systems throughout the United States, which need to be fixed before the next pandemic.

Funding

Michigan needs to fund new programming to boost our Public Health Systems throughout the state and to hire and train professional contact tracers who now work on a volunteer basis. In addition, Michigan needs a permanent command center (Michigan Outbreak Defense Center) to function as a clearinghouse of information and to coordinate communications and efforts to fight if not prevent future outbreaks.

Data

Big data alone would cause too many false alarms if not backed up by outbreak investigations on the ground. A Michigan early warning system would require a team of well-trained health professionals including an epidemiologist, who could be rapidly deployed to investigate and contain an outbreak in Michigan. Programs conducting  zoonotic reconnaissance , AI surveillance and outbreak investigations already exist, but they need to be scaled up and integrated into a comprehensive national and/or global early warning system. Funding could be acquired to make this a reality and could provide excellent outbreak defense to maintain and protect the health and wellbeing of the people of Michigan.

Early Warning Systems

We can create our own Michigan Outbreak Early Warning System. An early warning system could allow for early detection of and rapid response to an outbreak before it spreads. We can use technology to gather intelligence through a combination of zoonotic reconnaissance, artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance and outbreak investigation.

Coordinated Public Health Systems in Michigan

Early warnings would be useless if local, regional, statewide, national and global public health systems cannot mount an effective response to an outbreak. Places in the world that have crushed the epidemic curve so far — such as Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea — already have robust public health systems that took early actions, set up a unified command, executed a coordinated and science-based strategy, deployed technological and human resources, ramped up testing and contact tracing, and provided trustworthy and transparent information to the public.

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