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Spotlight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WCMS is spotlighting these resources in response to COVID-19: COUNTY Coronavirus Resources via the Washtenaw County Health Department Washtenaw PPE Donation Sites - IHA, St. Joseph Mercy, and the University of Michigan STATE Michigan Health Action Network: Sign-up for Michigan-specific alerts Cumulative Data for Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in MI by County with Patient Statistics Coronavirus…
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Statement on Federal Medicaid Work Requirements Ruling

In response to the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia’s rejection of Kentucky and Arkansas Medicaid work requirements by Judge James Boasberg, Evelyn Eccles, MD, president of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) had the following statement: “On behalf of the WCMS Executive Council and the vulnerable populations our physicians treat in Washtenaw…
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WCMS Newsletter: March Edition

The WCMS Newsletter is a monthly, electronic publication that highlights major physician issues and various community initiatives. Distribution is a unique benefit of WCMS Membership. To view a PDF version, please click here: March 2019 Newsletter Health Can't Wait Site Launched to Address Prior Authorization The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) recently launched the "Health Can't Wait"…
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WCMS Opposes Permitless Concealed Carry Legislation

Government Affairs and Advocacy Issues WCMS sent the following letter following discussion and approval at the January 2018  WCMS Executive Council meeting. ______________________________________________________________ January 2018 Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: On behalf of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS), we write to express our opposition to Senate Bill…
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July 2017 Washtenaw County Opioid Report

July 2017 Washtenaw County Public Health Opioid Report The most recent Washtenaw County Opioid Report is available at http://bit.ly/OpioidReportJuly2017.  The report provides timely information on opioid-related overdoses and deaths occurring among Washtenaw County residents. A few of the highlights include: ·         25% to 30% of opioid related overdoses for Washtenaw County residents result in death.  ·        …
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Washtenaw County Lyme Disease Summary Completed for 2016

Overview: 2016 marked the first year that Lyme Disease was definitively detected in Washtenaw County.   Evidence for the presence of Lyme transmission in Washtenaw County includes the following:  1.       Lyme infection was confirmed in an individual without travel outside of the county.  2.       A Washtenaw County chipmunk tested positive for the Lyme pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi,…
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Washtenaw County Influenza Surveillance Update

Lab-confirmed Cases:   Influenza activity in Washtenaw County peaked during the last week of February.  Reports of confirmed influenza remain high, however, and flu viruses will likely continue to circulate actively for the next  4 – 6 weeks.  Influenza B diagnoses are increasing, and since March 1st, influenza B has been 45% of the flu reports…
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Washtenaw County Influenza Surveillance -2/16/17

Lab-confirmed Cases:   Reports of confirmed influenza are at peak levels in Washtenaw County residents, with over 150 new cases reported in the week ending February 11, 2017.  The predominant strain being reported locally is A/H3, with some influenza B reported as well.  The age range of locally confirmed flu cases is 3 months to 102…
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Pertussis or “whooping cough” continues to be diagnosed in Washtenaw County

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/pertussis Washtenaw County Public Health is working closely with all individuals diagnosed with pertussis and their contacts to make recommendations for treatment and prevention. Early identification of cases is very important.  There are seven confirmed and probable cases of pertussis as of 2/1/2017. Vaccination is recommended for all eligible persons. Parents and caregivers of infants…
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