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More than 2,200 coronavirus deaths have now been recorded in Michigan, and one recent trend has been stark: the rising age of people dying from the virus.
On April 1, the median age of Michigan COVID-19 deaths was 72. By Thursday, that number had risen to 75.
In the past week, fully 42 percent of Michigan deaths involved people 80 or older.
Anecdotal reports suggest the virus is exacting a grim toll in nursing homes across the state, with the most recent, by the Detroit Free Press, chronicling hundreds of confirmed cases and dozens of deaths. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has taken note, stepping up coronavirus safety protocols in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to protect Michiganders everywhere from the spread of this virus,” she said in a statement.
Everything, that is, except tell the public which nursing homes are infected with COVID-19.
A growing number of states are now publicly listing the names of nursing homes where residents or nursing staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.
But as Bridge has reported, Michigan won’t say which of the state’s 450 nursing homes are battling infections. Whitmer’s office did not return Bridge inquiries this week asking about its policy.