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Official defends handling of virus in Michigan nursing homes

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A top health official is defending Michigan’s handling of nursing home residents infected with the coronavirus. 

Robert Gordon is director of the state Department of Health and Human Services. He told lawmakers Wednesday that Michigan's performance is “strong” compared with other states.

He dismissed Republicans’ call for facilities that house only coronavirus patients. Gordon said just two states, Florida and Massachusetts, tried the approach and abandoned it. He says using new facilities for only coronavirus patients would have “limited utility” in a state as large as Michigan. And, he says, "you still need to staff, provide equipment and license that facility.”