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Bridge MI: More than 1,900 coronavirus deaths in Michigan nursing homes

One-third of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan occurred among residents and staff of the state’s 450 nursing homes, according to the first detailed accounting of the pandemic’s deadly toll in nursing homes. 

The numbers are staggering: 1,947 residents and 20 staffers died. In many counties, 50 percent or more of coronavirus deaths were traced to nursing homes. 

In many homes, the grief was profound. According to the state, 33 nursing homes suffered 20 or more deaths related to the coronavirus. 

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Detroit Free Press: Nursing home residents account for 34% of Michigan’s COVID-19-related deaths

Nursing home residents account for 34% of Michigan’s COVID-19-related deaths, according to newly released data from the state.

The deaths of 1,947 nursing home residents and 20 employees at facilities across Michigan were COVID-19-related, the state health department reported Monday, as it released data on deaths associated with individual nursing homes for the first time since the pandemic hit Michigan three months ago. 

Overall, there have been 7,163 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among nursing home residents and 3,133 confirmed cases among staff. The majority of resident deaths connected to nursing homes — 72% — have been in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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RealClearPolitics: Dems’ COVID Policy for Nursing Homes Was Deadly

Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order mandating that nursing homes “must not prohibit admission or readmission of a resident based on COVID-19 testing requirements or result.” She signed it on April 15. It has not been rescinded.

The elderly are already at higher risk of succumbing to the disease because of underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems. Elderly in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are at even greater risk because the virus sweeps through congested areas with ease and with deadly results. According to a New York Times database, at least 28,100 nursing home residents and workers have succumbed to the illness, a grim number that accounts for one-third of all U.S. COVID-19 deaths.

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The Detroit News: Families, lawmakers seek answers on Michigan’s COVID-19 nursing home death toll

The last time Beverly Fields was able to talk to her husband, James, he was in the hospital. The call happened over FaceTime with the assistance of a nurse. James couldn’t open his eyes.

“I only wish I could see his eyes open,” Beverly said five weeks later.

James Fields, who was 81 years old and loved boating and scuba diving, spent weeks in a Livingston County nursing home before testing positive for the coronavirus. He died at an Ann Arbor hospital on April 24.

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Traverse City Record Eagle: Opinion: Gov. Whitmer: Protect the vulnerable

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is failing to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Three weeks after New York state Gov. Cuomo halted the practice of transferring COVID-19 patients from hospitals to nursing homes, Gov. Whitmer continues to endanger her state’s nursing home residents and staff members by providing incentives to owners who admit COVID-19 patients. These COVID-19 “hubs” receive $5,000 to begin accepting COVID-19 patients and collect upward of $200 a day for their care. The owners are not required to inform current residents or their family members and the hubs are run with virtually no oversight.

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