How many COVID-related deaths occurred in Michigan nursing homes? Lawmakers, families want answers
DETROIT – There is no standard policy for reporting how many COVID-related deaths have occurred in Michigan nursing home facilities. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies as they are related to nursing home deaths. READ: Michigan AG looks into requests to investigate state nursing home policyMany families are simply left lost and alone as they search for answers to what happened to their loved ones. Whitmer stands by COVID nursing home policy amid threats of legal actionSen. Jim Runestad is one of the lawmakers demanding answers from Whitmer’s office about nursing home deaths during the pandemic. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office is looking into requests to investigate the state’s COVID-19 nursing home policy.
Macomb County prosecutor calls for committee to review nursing home deaths
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. READ: Michigan AG looks into requests to investigate state nursing home policyHe said they’ve told him they are unable to get any answers from nursing homes or from the state about what has happened. Some believe their deaths may have been connected to a nursing home policy put in place by Gov. Initially, patients who tested positive for COVID were placed in the same facility with patients who did not have COVID. 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.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer stands by COVID nursing home policy amid threats of legal action
Gretchen Whitmer has faced criticism over a nursing home policy that her administration put in place in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, patients who tested positive for COVID were placed in the same facility with patients who did not have COVID. READ: Michigan AG looks into requests to investigate state nursing home policyAdWhitmer’s policy differed from New York Gov. The most current count puts the long-term care death count at 5,537 in Michigan, which is more than 35 percent of all of the state’s COVID deaths. I think that it sometimes can be a fool’s errand because the way that we are congregating data varies from state to state,” Whitmer said.
View here: Michigan’s March 2, 2021 ‘Requirements for Residential Care Facilities Rescission’ order
Here is Michigan’s March 2, 2021 updates to its “Requirements for Residential Care Facilities Rescission” epidemic order. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the update to this order on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. It’s official title is: Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Requirements for Residential Care Facilities Rescission of December 8, 2020 Order -- March 2, 2021″View here: MCL 333.2253This order is effective immediately. There is no expiration date offered.
102-year-old Novi man, World War II veteran receives COVID-19 vaccine
NOVI, Mich. – Nursing home patients across Michigan are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesBaker is the first resident at Brookdale Nursing home in Novi to receive the vaccine. This is the second pandemic Baker has experienced. Spent six years in World War II,” Baker said. After serving in World War II, Baker went into the Navy for another 8 years until finally serving in the Coast Guard.
Senior living centers in Michigan begin COVID vaccinations
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – It’s history in the making. The entire staff and residents at Samaritas Senior Living became the first senior living facility in Oakland County to get the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. I would like a sucker!”RELATED: COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Michigan nursing homesStaff from the Oakland County Health Department administered the vaccine. Staff said they will continue to watch county and state data before making any further decisions about keeping all who enter here safe. READ: Tracking COVID-19 cases, deaths in Michigan long term care facilities, nursing homes
Workers at Westland nursing home to go on strike amid pandemic
WESTLAND, Mich. – A group of nursing home workers will walk off the job Monday morning over their working conditions in the pandemic. Essential nursing home workers at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing home, located on Newburgh Road in Westland, had agreed in August to delay their planned strike by 30 days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged SEIU Healthcare Michigan and nursing home chains to negotiate toward a fair contract. RELATED: Wayne County COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths; City-by-city breakdownThey said that they are treated like they’re dispensable and will now walk off the job Monday at 6 a.m., kicking off their strike over unfair labor practices. They said they’re arguing for more PPE, better pay and more staff to help take care of patients.
Employee charged with attacking Alzheimers patient at West Bloomfield nursing home
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. Police said it may have happened so he could steal her jewelry. Stacey Mercer is facing Elder Abuse Charges for an attack on a 69-year-old woman with Alzheimers disease at the Villa at Green Lake Estates in West Bloomfield. On July 20, 2020, Administration at Green Lake Estates was contacted by the West Bloomfield police about a residents missing ring. Administration at Green Lake Estates immediately cooperated with the West Bloomfield police and partnered with them to facilitate his arrest on July 21, 2020. Villa at Green Lake Estates will continue to cooperate fully with West Bloomfield police.
Port Huron man takes job at nursing home to see his wife during COVID-19 pandemic
FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Port Huron man took a job at a nursing home so he could see his wife of 62 years after they were separated for four months by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Larry and Carol Burnett have been married for 62 years, but he was separated from her when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. For the past two years, Carol has lived at Regency on the Lake, a care home in Fort Gratiot Township near Port Huron. You know, after 62 years, it was almost like we were one person.When the pandemic hit, all visitors, including Larry, were shut out. Sandra Ball, the activities director for Regency on the Lake, had an idea involving an open part-time job.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defends veto of nursing home bill
LANSING, Mich. More than 2,000 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Michigan have occurred in nursing homes. That puts Michigan in, or near, the top 10 in the nation in nursing home fatalities. Gretchen Whitmer about it on Tuesday, she pushed back on the suggestion that Michigan handled the virus badly when it comes to nursing homes. READ: Michigan governor vetoes nursing home bill calling it a political gameI think I would challenge you on the statement you just made, Whitmer said. Hes the one who brought forth the bill Whitmer vetoed.
Legionnaires’ disease case confirmed at nursing home in Bloomfield Hills
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – As nursing homes and other long term care facilities over southeast Michigan struggle to prevent outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19), one is now dealing with a case of Legionnaires’ disease. The Oakland County Health Department started investigating on June 8 after a resident contracted Legionnaires’ disease. READ: Lawmakers want Michigan AG to investigate nursing homes amid coronavirus pandemicThere are about 140 residents at SKLD Bloomfield Hills, a nursing home and long term care facility in Oakland County. But the health department is especially concerned about the nursing home’s elderly population. Which means some version of water restrictions will remain in place until the end of the year.
Daughter shares the struggle she faced while her elderly mother was in a care center during COVID-19 pandemic
A family is sharing their struggle as an example of how hard it can be to care for an elderly family member in the middle of a pandemic. Her belief is that her mother became a side effect of overworked and waning staff because of COVID-19. When Bugdalski-Stutrud moved her mother to a second care center -- the same thing happened. Melissa Samuel is the President and CEO of the Health Care Association of Michigan, the industry associated for care centers and nursing homes. She believes that while the nursing home and skilled care industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, its not fair or reasonable to paint all care centers with the same broad brush.
Coronavirus death toll at neighboring care facilities in Metro Detroit may be worst in US
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – Kathy McGuire lost her 87-year-old mother, Sara, to coronavirus (COVID-19). On June 15, Whitmer ordered that all nursing home staff and residents be tested for coronavirus. McGuire’s mother was a resident in Rivergate Terrace in April when she got sick. In March and April, Rivergate insiders and families told Local 4 that COVID-19 was spreading like wildfire. “I would ask her why would you not come forth to protect our senior citizens, loved ones in nursing homes, who were the most vulnerable?” McGuire said.
Family of 75-year-old nursing home beating victim planning lawsuit
DETROIT Legal action is expected on behalf of the family of an assault victim against the nursing home he was a resident of. This case is just a terrific case youve seen the video youve seen my client to Norman Bledso being virtually tortured on, said attorney Geoffery Fieger. READ: Detroit police make arrest after nursing home assault video surfacesFieger represents the family of 75-year-old Norman Bledso. This is really a terrible, terrible development, Fieger said. Local 4 reached out to the nursing home to see if they had any statement regarding this lawsuit.
Detroit police investigate second video appearing to show person being beaten inside nursing home
DETROIT A disturbing video showing an elderly man taking punches inside a Detroit nursing home went viral on social media last week. READ: Detroit police make arrest after nursing home assault video surfacesOn Wednesday, Detroit police were investigating a second video that appeared to show Hayden beating another victim. Tuniesia Nelson was not only taken aback the first time when she saw the video of the disturbing assault on a 75-year-old man. State Rep. Leslie Love questions the decision to place Hayden in the same room with an older person to begin with. Wednesday, Love spoke before a group of other politicians where she voiced her disgust on the situation Showing the graphic video.
Detroit police make arrest after nursing home assault video surfaces
DETROIT Detroit police announced they had made an arrest just hours after video of an elderly man being beaten in a Metro Detroit nursing home had surfaced. But the disturbing assault continues for almost another minute, until the elderly man begins to bleed. The nursing home, Westwood Nursing Home in northwest Detroit, told police today they had not seen the video. What our investigations is revealed so far that the nursing home was going to wherever an assault until they saw a video. Detroit police were able to quickly arrest the 20-year-old man who was being held on complaints of some degree of assault and battery.
Michigan considers change to controversial nursing home policy
DETROIT Michigan is considering a change to its controversial nursing home policy. Initially we reported 49% of Michigans COVID-19 deaths came from nursing homes in the Metro Detroit area. A second look now shows a lesser number of 29.7% of Michigan COVID-19 deaths occurring in Metro Detroit nursing homes. The new numbers are based on a more accurate understanding of the City of Detroit nursing home deaths. READ: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 nursing home data by county, facilityLocal 4 contacted the Detroit, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county health departments to try and get a handle on Southeast Michigan nursing home coronavirus deaths.
Families protest Downriver nursing home after 20 residents die of COVID-19
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – A protest was held Wednesday outside Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview after 20 residents died from coronavirus. They are not cleaning or doing anything in there.”Officials with Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home said two weeks ago that seven residents died of COVID-19. Four more died at Rivergate Health, next door and 72 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. Families said both facilities are too short staffed to care for 300 residents. “Help these people men and women risking lives.”Residents are now being tested as Rivergate received 50 tests Wednesday.
73-year-old woman dies from amid state investigation of COVID-19 at Riverview nursing home
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – A woman said she found out her mother was sick by peering through the window of the Rivergate Terrace Nursing Home in Riverview. On Wednesday the woman’s 73-year-old mother died, and according to her family it was because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Tracy Estrada said details of her mother weren’t coming out of Rivergate Nursing Home so she went there herself and had to look through her window, and what she saw was alarming. She said she saw staff wearing protective gear and her mother was shaking. Local 4 has learned from insiders at Rivergate that coronavirus was spreading to residents and staff like wildfire for weeks.