Michigan nursing home staff shortage raises peril, adds to hospital woes

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The dining room at the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility is empty these days. There is no one to staff it.

A few doors down, veteran nurse Nora Kopek administers more than 400 COVID-19 tests a week to residents, staff and guests and vendors — no longer able to tend to the daily intimacy of resident care as she did before the pandemic.

Downstairs in the kitchen, staff last week were preparing a fried chicken meal for lunch and apple dijon pork for dinner — meals that would be offered in the residents’ rooms on paper plates now.

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