State official to review COVID nursing home deaths

Republican lawmakers have been pushing for the review, alleging that seniors were put in harms way during the pandemic.

At least 5,680 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That’s more than a quarter of the total of all COVID deaths in the state.

However, there may have been more left uncounted due to some facilities failing to report their numbers.

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Now, Michigan’s auditor general has vowed to investigate the issue with a “comprehensive study of reported and unreported deaths” in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Auditor General Doug Ringler had been formally asked by Republican lawmakers to initiate the review after reporting discrepancies came to light earlier this year. However, the lawmakers may also be hoping to gain political advantage from the investigation.

Critics of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have alleged that her executive orders during the early days of the pandemic put senior citizens at risk by returning them to nursing homes following hospitalization. Actual data on the results of these policies has been hard to come by.

You can read more on Detroit Free Press.

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