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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus pandemic policies for nursing homes have been “an epic fail,” a Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday as state officials disclosed incomplete new data linking 1 in 4 COVID-19 deaths long-term care residents.
State Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, said her mother contracted COVID-19 in a nursing home last week and questioned whether Whitmer’s policies jeopardized vulnerable residents by requiring facilities to create units for patients discharged from hospitals or send them to other nursing homes designated as regional hubs.
“I’m so appreciative of what the governor has done to try to keep us all safe… but when it comes to the decisions around our nursing facilities, I think we have an epic fail,” Love said during emotional testimony before the Senate Oversight Committee.