Back in March, Governor Gretchen Whitmer was warned by experts of the risk that COVID-19 posed in nursing homes. These experts also requested that patients who have tested positive for the virus be sent to vacant centers to avoid exposing both negative patients of the most vulnerable population, and the workers in these care centers. Despite these warnings, Whitmer turned some of the state’s most ill-equipped facilities into COVID-19 hubs.
In Michigan, 34% of coronavirus deaths stem from infections in nursing home facilities. New reporting from The Detroit News now reveals that nearly half the nursing homes selected by Governor Whitmer to serve as COVID-19 regional hubs received below-average quality ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Whitmer has received bipartisan criticism for her policies that have led to the spread of COVID-19 among nursing homes. Last week, GOP Whip Steve Scalise requested additional information from Governor Whitmer on her handling of the virus in nursing homes, among other governors whose states have similar COVID-19 rates in nursing homes. Whitmer declined to provide any additional information – even after requesting further federal assistance for Michigan.
"The facts plainly show that Governor Whitmer has failed miserable in her handling of this crisis. And our nursing homes and state's seniors have dearly paid the price," said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. "Governor Gretchen Whitmer must be held accountable for her actions which have hurt so many Michiganders, and that starts with the governor releasing her office's internal documents regarding the nursing home crisis and testifying before the State Legislature."