Inspections show death, despair gripped Michigan nursing homes amid pandemic

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Nursing homes account for at least 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths in Michigan, and state inspection reports indicate many were ill-prepared for the pandemic, as staff called in sick, used raincoats as protective gear and failed to isolate infected patients.

The reports, reviewed by Bridge, paint a bleak picture as the virus spread through the state’s hardest-hit facilities this spring. At least 27 of Michigan’s 400 nursing homes had 60 or more residents with COVID-19, while 83 had 30 or more.

“We lost six residents in two days and we just had a man die Sunday,” a nursing assistant at Imperial Healthcare Center in Dearborn Heights told state inspectors in late April.

She added that residents with suspected COVID-19 were not properly isolated when they first displayed symptoms, so “it spreads to everybody else.”

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