MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Macomb County prosecutor and former Michigan House Rep. Pete Lucido said his office is flooded with calls from families who said their perfectly-health loved-ones died in nursing homes.
He said they’ve told him they are unable to get any answers from nursing homes or from the state about what has happened.
Initially, patients who tested positive for COVID were placed in the same facility with patients who did not have COVID. Whitmer ended that practice after the first six months of the pandemic.
“She acted alone without legislators,” Lucido said.
Lucido is urging Michigan residents who lost a loved one to make a police report. He said he is forming a board to review each case.
The reviews could result in possible criminal charges -- ranging from misconduct in office from the governor down to the local level, if records were altered.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents nearly 2 million service workers. They protested the claims and said they saw first-hand that the orders saved lives.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said that nursing home patients who were transferred to the hospital and then died would be counted as a nursing home death -- if they had not been discharged from the care facility.
Report: Michigan’s COVID-19 nursing home ‘hub’ plan was ‘logical and appropriate’ response
Last year, a report found that Michigan’s plan to create “hubs” for nursing home residents with COVID-19 was “logical and appropriate,” and found no significant evidence of transmission of the virus between patients and residents.
The report, released by the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), evaluated the state’s regional nursing home hub strategy, comparing the approach to outcomes in other states. CHRT is a University of Michigan affiliated nonprofit.