Detroit lawmaker critical of Gov. Whitmer’s nursing home executive order

Rep. Leslie Love critical of state’s nursing home policy


DETROIT – A Detroit Democrat is opposing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order requiring seniors who test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to be brought to “regional hubs.”

Seniors in nursing homes are among the highest risk for the coronavirus. Michigan has been putting long-term care patients recovering from the virus in the same facilities with patients who don’t have the virus.

It’s a policy New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just changed in his state because of the high number of deaths.

UPDATE -- May 11, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 47,552; Death toll now at 4,584

Whitmer issued an executive order last month that requires seniors who are positive for COVID-19 to be brought to the TCF Center in Detroit or to “regional hubs,” which are nursing homes where the state says there has to be separation of the COVID-19 positive and negative patients.

Rep. Leslie Love (R-Detroit) is critical of the practice.

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“To return seniors into an environment, seniors with the virus still recovering from the virus, into an environment with, well, seniors, just didn’t seem -- it’s not a good idea,” Love said.

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