WASHTENAW COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
Legislative action & community outreach since 1827
The WCMS E-Newsletter is a bimonthly publication highlighting major medical, public health, and community issues affecting physician and medical student leaders in Washtenaw County. Distribution occurs every other Thursday and is a unique benefit of WCMS membership. To learn more about WCMS' member benefits, please follow this link.
COVID-19 TESTING & VACCINE STATUS
Testing Summary (Current as of February 10):
  • Washtenaw County COVID-19 Case Status
  • Confirmed & Probable Cases - 17,672
  • Total Deaths - 234
  • 2 week snapshot (January 21- February 3): 1,237 cases and 3.3% weekly test positivity rate
  • Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Washtenaw County? Follow this link.
  • Michigan COVID-19 Case Status
  • Confirmed Cases - 624,970
  • Total Deaths - 15,939
  • Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Michigan? Follow this link.

Vaccination Summary (Current as of February 9):
  • Washtenaw County Vaccine Status (Region 2S)
  • 97,775 vaccines distributed (Pfizer - 86,775 / Moderna - 11,000)
  • Facility type:
  • Correctional Clinic - 100
  • Federally Qualified Health Center - 200
  • Hospital - 77,975
  • Local Health Department - 19,500
  • 71,504 vaccines administered (+25,000 over 2 weeks)
  • 46,827 1st dose (+11,556 over 2 weeks)
  • 24,677 2nd dose (+13,434 over 2 weeks)
  • Michigan Vaccine Status
  • 2,023,550 vaccines distributed (Pfizer - 978,900 / Moderna - 1,044,650)
  • Facility type:
  • Correctional Clinic: 3,800
  • Federal Retail Pharmacy Transfer - 33,150
  • Federally Qualified Health Center - 9.300
  • Hospital - 958,475
  • Local Health Department - 557,125
  • Long Term Care - 500
  • Federal LTC Program - 460,200
  • Tribal Health Center - 1,000
  • 1,391,159 vaccines administered (+589,053 over 2 weeks)
  • 994,284 1st dose (+335,209 over 2 weeks)
  • 396,875 2nd dose (+253,844 over 2 weeks)
NEWS & STORIES
WCHD COVID-19 Vaccination News
Update as of 2/5 at 3:00 PM

  • "Michigan Medicine, IHA, and the VA have limited supplies. If you are 65 years or older and a patient with Michigan MedicineSaint Joseph Mercy Health System or IHA, please check websites or wait for them to contact you. Do not call them at this time.
  • If you are currently eligible, please use this link to request an individual appointment, and this link for organizational requests. A completed request does not mean an appointment is available yet. Scheduling may take weeks or months. A registration link (or call) will be made when an appointment is available.
  • If you cannot complete the link online, call us at 734-544-6700. Please reserve phone lines for those who cannot use online resources.
  • Vaccine doses are allocated to local health systems and health providers at the state level. The Health Department does not control these supplies but is working with health partners to coordinate delivery of vaccination to those eligible."

Who is eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? (as of 1/11/21)
  • Health care workers and long term care facility staff/residents(Phase 1A - all priorities/groups)
  • People 65 years old or older(Phase 1B Group A & Phase 1C Group A
  • Some frontline essential workers with frequent or ongoing exposure as part of their work(Phase 1B Group B)
  • Those not included in the groups above are not eligible for vaccination yet. Not sure what group you're in? See the state's prioritization guidance here.

For the latest updates and news on vaccination from WCHD, please visit their webpage. To sign-up for WCHD's COVID-19 email updates, please follow this link.
Community Organization HighlightYpsilanti Meals on Wheels

WCMS President Terence Joiner, MD has begun a monthly initiative highlighting community organizations that align with WCMS' mission and values. At the February Executive Council meeting, WCMS had the pleasure of learning about Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW).

YMOW helps hundreds of homebound seniors and adults with disabilities enjoy healthier, safer, and more independent lives. Freshly prepared meals, pet food, pet supplies and non-food essentials are all available for delivery to the client’s home. YMOW’s friendly caller program provides relief from isolation, and minor home repairs, case management, occupational therapy and financial counseling are all part of YMOW’s CAPABLE program, set to relaunch later this year. Meanwhile, YMOW will soon pilot a program that will provide medically tailored meals to clients with specific medical conditions, adding to the many ways that YMOW delivers “More Than a Meal” to its homebound neighbors. 

These vital services are not possible without the support of donors and volunteers. Every donation of just $40 provides a full week of meals for a homebound senior. Learn more or donate at ymow.org
Access the Winter 2020 Edition of the WCMS Bulletin

Access the digital 4th quarter issue of the WCMS Bulletin: 
  • What Happened to Health Can't Wait,
  • General Session on COVID-19 and Washtenaw's Public Health Measures,
  • Upcoming MSMS House of Delegates,
  • 2021 Membership Renewal Reminder, and More!

Contact the Society Office to submit a piece for publication or to request a printed copy of the WCMS Bulletin!
EVENTS
Medical Student/Young Physician Event on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 PM

Join WCMS and the Oakland County Medical Society for the upcoming virtual "Business of Medicine" event for medical students and young physicians on February 16 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Speakers will be discussing:
  • contract negotiation
  • financial planning
  • interview/match preparation

Click here to RSVP! After registering, you will receive a Zoom confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
WCMS COVID-19 Workgroup: Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:00 PM

Since March, WCMS has convened regular COVID-19 teleconferences to discuss resource allocation, emergency preparedness, and tracking and tracing among Washtenaw's health systems and physician leaders. The workgroup is led by University of Michigan infectious diseases specialist and WCMS Executive Council member Sandro Cinti, MD. The workgroup also receives updates and modeling data from UM Public Health epidemiologists. To access recordings and resources from past meetings, please follow this link.

All interested WCMS members are encouraged to join the next virtual meeting on Thursday, February 18 from 6:00-7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
We're Looking for Leaders!

WCMS at the MSMS House of Delegates
The House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of MSMS. Resolutions are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Each year, physician and medical student members serve as delegates, review resolutions, testify in reference committees, and vote on important policy decisions. WCMS is allocated 13 delegate slots in 2021.

WCMS Executive Council
The Executive Council is the voting body that supervises the function and activities of WCMS. Council members determine annual events, legislative priorities, and community outreach directives. The Executive Council now meets virtually the first Thursday of each month.

WCMS Committees and Task Forces
Each committee meets approximately three-four times annually and members are simply asked to share a passion for the subject and interest in learning skills in the field.
  • Environmental/Climate Change Task Force
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Programming Committee

To apply and learn more about WCMS leadership opportunities, please follow this link.
2021 Membership Renewal

WCMS and MSMS are here to help throughout your career in medicine. We are proud to serve you and keep you connected with legislators, public health experts, and colleagues. Our staff, tools, and resources are available to you around the clock.

Membership to WCMS and MSMS runs on a calendar basis (January-December). If you have not yet renewed your 2021 membership, please click here to continue receiving important member benefits and news.

If you need help accessing your online account or would like to renew over the phone, please call the MSMS Membership Department: (517) 336-5716.
Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of members, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND SUPPORT OF WCMS!
The Washtenaw County Medical Society has been the leading physician medical association for legislative action and community outreach since 1827. WCMS works together with the Michigan State Medical Society to optimize patient, physician, and community well-being through professional support; public health activism; and advocacy for excellence in patient care.