nursing homes

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon today issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 that updates and further expands requirements for residential care facilities, while also permitting indoor visitation in residential care facilities in certain circumstances.  

Throughout the pandemic, MDHHS has used a range of public health tools and guidance to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health, including emergency orders.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s Legislature has passed bills to keep intact longer-lasting unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic after the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law that was the basis for now-negated orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The bill was among several approved during a lengthy session that stretched into early Wednesday. The Republican-led House and Senate backed liability protections for businesses that are sued over COVID-19 infections.

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.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s health department is mandating coronavirus testing of all nursing home residents and staff after reporting the deaths of nearly 2,000 residents—about a third of all COVID-19 deaths across the state. 

Director Robert Gordon’s order, issued Monday, requires initial baseline testing. All new or returning residents must be tested, and there must be weekly testing of residents and staff in a home with any cases until 14 days after the last positive result.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The leader of a nursing home group says expanded coronavirus testing is crucial to reopening the facilities to visitors, saying Michigan may be close to relaxing restrictions in a phased way.

Melissa Samuel, President and CEO of the Health Care Association of Michigan, told lawmakers Tuesday that some initial ‘baseline’ testing of all residents and staff is underway with help from the Michigan National Guard. But it is not complete, and there is not yet resolution on how to pay for ongoing testing or its frequency.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some Michigan prison inmates who are serving sentences of life without parole could be released to nursing homes under bills approved Tuesday by the state House. 

Lawmakers were told care for elderly and very sick inmates is expensive for taxpayers, yet these are prisoners who no longer pose a risk.

Chris Gautz is with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says there are currently 20 to 40 inmates who are old or sick enough to potentially qualify for medical parole.