Whitmer Defied Advice to Separate COVID Cases From Nursing Homes

Whitmer Defied Advice to Separate COVID Cases From Nursing Homes

Michigan Governor Whitmer is turning out to be much worse than just a bad Governor. Recent disclosures show a clear choice to deny sound advice in regards to placement of COVID positive cases into nursing homes. Michigan is one of a small number of states who have had exceptionally high numbers of deaths from coronavirus.

we must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable Michiganders and those frontline workers who care for them,”

Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor

Three days after the first coronavirus death, the State’s nursing home association leader sent a letter to Whitmer saying empty facilities should be used as quarantine centers. Whitmer declined this advice. Instead the state created a system to infected residents were sent to isolated areas of nursing homes.

Each year more than 90% of influenza deaths are in the elderly population. Critics of the Governor ask when poor decisions become criminal negligence. Someone can be accused of third-degree murder if they unintentionally cause someone else’s death while committing a dangerous act. Is sending positive patients into the highest-risk population segment negligence?

The State of Michigan’s tracking doesn’t include assisted living facilities, adult foster care facilities and homes for the aged. Even without this large segment, the state still shows 34% of coronavirus deaths are related to nursing home exposure.

As of today, official reports are 7,163 cases among patients in nursing facilities and 3,133 cases among staff, according to the new Michigan data. The numbers covered all but one of the state’s 447 nursing facilities, said Robert Gordon, the director of the Department of Health and Human Services.