Michigan lawmakers pass resolutions against Gov. Whitmers nursing home policy
Gretchen Whitmers nursing home policy, which commingles patients who test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) with healthy residents. READ: Whitmer defends nursing home policyOn Thursday, members of the Michigan House and Senate passed resolutions calling on Whitmer to end her policy. During Thursdays hearing, Dr. Rebecca Cope spoke with the Senate Health Policy Committee about this topic. Officials with the Michigan Health Department said more than one-third of the states nearly 6,000 coronavirus deaths came from nursing homes. Lucidos bill looks to end regional hubs and prevent COVID-19 patients from entering nursing homes.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer defends placing COVID-19 patients in nursing homes with healthy residents
Gretchen Whitmer is continuing to defend her policy that places patients who test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in nursing homes with healthy residents. Officials with the Michigan Health Department said more than one-third of the states nearly 6,000 coronavirus deaths came from nursing homes. READ: Heres everything thats reopening this week in MichiganFlorida, which has a much larger senior population, decided not to commingle COVID-19 positive patients with COVID-19 negative seniors. He now has a bill that would keep the positive patients out of Michigan nursing homes. Lucido wants Whitmer to dedicate one facility for recovering COVID-19 patients.
Michigan lawmakers demand Whitmer stop placing COVID-19 patients in nursing homes with healthy residents
Gretchen Whitmer change the controversial policy that puts coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in nursing homes with healthy residents. MORE: Whitmer admits flaws in controversial COVID-19 nursing home policyStates such as New York have already reversed their similar policies, and lawmakers want to know why Michigan hasnt done so. The state of Michigan is spending about $40,000 each day to convert the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients. But the field hospital hasnt been used for nursing home patients, and House Republicans are wondering why. But the argument is that thats often not possible, and there are still COVID-19 positive patients in the same facilities.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer admits flaws in controversial COVID-19 nursing home policy
Gretchen Whitmer has admitted there are flaws in her controversial plan to put positive and negative coronavirus (COVID-19) patients together in the same nursing homes. MORE: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 nursing home data by county, facilityThe daughter of one nursing home patient told Local 4 she was watching Monday as Whitmer answered questions about whether she had any regrets with her policy. Carlsons mother, Esther May Gordon, is 87 years old and lives in a Southeast Michigan nursing home that accepts COVID-19 positive patients, Carlson said. Im terrified she is going to get COVID-19 and Im never going to see her again, Carlson said. Carlson wants Whitmer to find a separate facility for COVID-19 positive patients, but thats not something the governor has suggested she is looking into.
Michigan lawmaker calls Whitmers COVID-19 nursing home policy most idiotic thing we could come up with
LANSING, Mich. A Michigan lawmaker whose mother has now tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) said Gov. Gretchen Whitmers controversial nursing home policy that puts infected patients in the same facilities as negative patients is the most idiotic thing we could come up with.Lawmakers are demanding changes to the policy, which was adopted early in the pandemic. The Senate Oversight Committee still wants more accountability and transparency from the Whitmer administration when it comes to COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Chief Robert Gordon, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the governor backed off on some nursing home requirements that put positive patients in the same facilities as COVID-19 negative patients. Its negligent to allow it to continue, but its intentional now at this point.Lucido has proposed legislation to prevent COVID-19 positive patients from being housed in the same facilities as COVID-19 negative patients.