Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 956 that would have prohibited patients who test positive for COVID-19 from being placed in nursing homes to spread the virus among other residents and staff. The bill sought to ensure that patients who were positive, or recently discharged from the hospital, were placed in separate facilities.
The bill had bipartisan support in both the state house and senate.
Three months ago, the field hospital set up at the TCF Center in Detroit was closed – and only treated 38 patients during its setup. With nearly a third of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan stemming from nursing homes – the field hospital was floated as a possible intake center for positive patients instead of extended care facilities.
In a recent editorial by The Detroit News, they emphasize Whitmer’s failure to reverse course with her nursing home policy, despite Democrat colleagues in other states doing so. Gretchen Whitmer also turned her back on all 148 Michigan legislators, failing to work with them to protect her own executive powers.
“Governor Whitmer has time and time again gone at it alone, and Michiganders have suffered. Instead of working with the legislature to get through this crisis, Whitmer put her own executive power before our seniors.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people will not look back kindly on this mistake, and will remember Gretchen Whitmer chose her own political career over them.”