Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer rejected a request from Congressman Steve Scalise regarding her administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. There have been 7,137 confirmed COVID-19 cases in nursing homes as well as 3,100 cases among the facilities’ staff. At least 1,979 nursing home residents have died of the virus - a third of the confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Michigan.
In March, experts warned Governor Whitmer of the risks that COVID-19 posed to nursing homes, requesting that Whitmer put positive patients in separate facilities to avoid the risk of spreading the virus.
Earlier in the month, Whitmer testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, slamming the federal response to coronavirus and requesting additional aid and assistance from the federal government. Yet when Scalise wrote Whitmer last week asking for additional information regarding her decision making, she refused his request.
Whitmer has also rejected calls to testify before the Michigan Legislature and has broken her campaign pledge to extend Freedom of Information Act requests to the governor’s office.
“Sunlight is an amazing disinfectant, yet when it comes Governor Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, she has intentionally kept the people of Michigan in the dark,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Michiganders deserve answers as to how and why this situation became so dire despite numerous warnings, and the Federal government must know how the money it provided to our state has been used.”