Coronavirus: What Michigan Family Physicians Need to Know

Updated December 16, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local health departments, and Academy continue to monitor an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

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  • Staff: MAFP staff are working from their home offices, at 100% capacity. Staff is accessible at 517.347.0098,, or click here for each team member's contact information.
  • Board & Committee Meetings & Events: All board and committee meetings and events hosted by MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan are being held virtually through March 31, 2021.
  • MAFP's Online COVID-19 Member Discussion Portal: Sign up for access to online peer-to-peer discussions among MAFP members regarding COVID-19 in Michigan (MAFP member log in required).
  • MAFP's WhatsApp Group Chat for Family Medicine Residents: Sign up for access to chat with family medicine residents across the state (MAFP resident member log in required).
  • Text MIFMCONNECT to 52886 to receive urgent text alerts from MAFP.
  • Message—And a Thank You—from MAFP President Krishnamani (March 25)








Coronavirus Internationally

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern (Jan. 30)
  • WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19 (Feb. 11)
  • WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic (March 11). Johns Hopkins - COVID-19 Map

Coronavirus in the U.S.

Coronavirus in Michigan


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Tracking Symptoms & Contact Tracing

Office Preparedness

Collecting, Testing, Reporting Specimens



Addiction Medicine

Behavioral Healthcare

  • Michigan Crisis Text Line
    Text RESTORE to 741741 to chat with a counselor via text.
  • Peer-run Warmline (MDHHS)
    1.888.PEER.753 (888.733.7753) operates 7 days a week, 10 am-2 am ET. It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
  • 211
    Call 211 or click above for local help from the nearest Community Mental Health Services program.
  • Headspace Web Service (MDHHS)
    Guidance for meditation, sleep, and movement exercises for managing feelings of COVID-19 stress and anxiety. Free to all Michiganders (normally a paid service).
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA)
    800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Available 24/7 for individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800.273.8255. Available 24/7 for individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide.
  • National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline
    Access 24/7 video relay services. Call 1.800.273.8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889) or click above.

Nursing Homes

Palliative Care




Personal Protective Equipment

Potential Sources of Donated PPE

MDHHS COVID-19 Practice Management Guide (April 1)
Please note this is a guide and does not supersede laws with the State of Michigan or individual clinical judgment.

CMS Clinician Letter (CMS; April 7)
Summary of actions CMS has taken to expand telehealth and virtual visits, offer accelerated and advanced payments, and approve waivers.

Coding & Billing


Telehealth Guidance & Policies

Telehealth Resources



Prior Authorization

Volunteering & Redeployment

Liability Protection


National Resources

Michigan Resources

Business Guidance

Webinar, Calls, Etc.

CME & Certification


Below are links to information from Michigan health plans about how they are supporting members during the COVID-19 pandemic:


Aetna Better Health of Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Health Alliance Plan of Michigan McLaren Health Plan
Meridian Health Plan of Michigan Michigan Complete Health Molina Healthcare of Michigan Paramount Care of Michigan
Physicians Health Plan Priority Health Total Health Care UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Upper Peninsula Health Plan      

Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Board of Family Medicine

American Medical Association

American Osteopathic Association

Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

United States Medical Licensing Examination