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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday there have been 124 COVID-19 deaths recorded among residents and staff in city nursing homes — and added it’s likely the final number will be dramatically higher.
The city also is two-thirds of the way through testing residents at each of the city’s 26 nursing homes, Duggan said during a news conference, and 26% of the 1,282 residents and staff tested have positive for the virus.
“The infection rate among the homeless in the homeless shelters is lower than it is in nursing homes,” said Duggan.
He said the testing process should be wrapped up by this Thursday.
Multiple positive COVID-19 test results and deaths at long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care facilities and assisted living facilities have been reported in Southeast Michigan.
Earlier this month, the Advance first reported the deaths of a staff member and two residents at Ambassador Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Detroit.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) notes that long-term care facilities are places where multiple positive COVID-19 test results threaten the safety of the entire facility due to the nature of the care provided in them and the vulnerable statuses of their residents.