Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force Created

Port Huron, MI — A bipartisan task force has been created to address the safety of residents in Michigan nursing homes. There has been outrage over the movement of COVID-19 patients into nursing homes and the fact that over one third of reported COVID-19 deaths in Michigan have been from nursing homes. The statistics are closer to 50% in St. Clair County. The State Senate passed a bill last week restricting the practice. 

The Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will analyze data and prepare an action plan by August 13th, according to a statement from the office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

The task force will be made up of state officials, representation from the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, bipartisan representatives from each house of state government, and 13 appointed stakeholders. 

Paula D. Cunningham, State Director of AARP Michigan, said “The impact of COVID-19 on nursing home residents has been especially tragic. I am optimistic this bi-partisan Taskforce will identify best practices to ensure that nursing home residents and staff are better served and protected going forward.” 

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland