Michigan struggles with counting COVID-19 cases in nursing homes

There have been nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases in nursing homes, but the state has failed to adequately keep track of them.

The state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website shows that, as of Friday, there have been 4,949 people with coronavirus in Michigan nursing homes since the COVID-19 crisis began.

However, a MDHHS spokesperson admitted those numbers may be low, according to an article in Bridge Magazine. And that’s due to problems with collecting accurate information.

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The state of Michigan is having a hard time getting long-term care facilities to give up information on infection rates. About 10% of nursing homes aren’t reporting their COVID-19 data to the state as required by executive order.

That’s leading some to condemn the governor’s handling of the crisis and others to call for more transparency in the state’s COVID-19 reporting.

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