CDC has launched an investigation into an influenza outbreak at the University of Michigan, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Michigan, and Utah.
- Florida: The Walt Disney Company on Saturday confirmed that it would be placing its vaccine mandate for all employees in its Florida theme park on hold after the Florida State Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) enacted a bill that made it illegal for employers to implement Covid-19 vaccine mandates. "We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we've continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our cast members and guests," the company said in a statement. Currently, over 90% of active cast members in the Florida theme park have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. (Ramos, New York Times, 11/22)
- Michigan: CDC—along with the Washtenaw County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Michigan's administration—has been investigating a "large and sudden" influenza outbreak at the University of Michigan. Since Oct. 6, there have been 528 confirmed cases—with 313 of the reported cases happening in the last two weeks. According to a statement from the university, roughly 75% of the infected individuals had not been vaccinated against influenza. "While we often start to see some flu activity now, the size of this outbreak is unusual," said Juan Luis Marquez, medical director for the Washtenaw County Health Department. (Schladebeck, New York Daily News, 11/18)
- Utah: Gov. Spencer Cox (R) on Thursday debuted a statewide initiative to improve health care. Under the "Utah Sustainable Health Collaborative," Cox wants to foster partnerships between businesses and government agencies—effectively creating a collective "think tank" within the health care system by the year 2036. According to Cox, Utah is "seeing health care costs go straight up" while "seeing health outcomes slowly go down." This initiative "combines the best of Utah. We've done this in some other areas who had disagreements and found a way to solve it and work together," Cox said. (Higgins, Fox 13 Salt Lake City, 11/18)