Eight Republican state lawmakers in Michigan sent letters seeking investigations into whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders during the early stages of the pandemic added to the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.
Michigan state Sen. Jim Runestad said “There are too many similarities between what happened in New York and what’s happened here in Michigan not to open an investigation.”
“The families who lost loved ones deserve to know what happened and to get justice,” he added.
Per the Daily Caller “Residents of Michigan’s long-term care facilities represent 5,549 of the 16,436 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic, according to the state’s latest available reporting. The GOP lawmakers requested Nessel and Wilkinson investigate whether Whitmer’s April 15 executive order, which prohibited nursing homes in most cases from barring admission to residents who were previously hospitalized with the virus, contributed to the death toll.”
The report adds “Whitmer issued an additional executive order in late May that allowed nursing homes to accept patients from hospitals even if they were still contagious with the virus, according to the Detroit Free Press.”
Republicans call for investigation into Whitmer's handling of nursing home coronavirus cases https://t.co/YzRHr8AgTa
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