State Rep. Julie Calley today supported a plan to rectify the governor’s fatal error that may have contributed to the COVID-related deaths of at least some of the nearly 2,000 nursing home residents who have died in Michigan.
Calley, of Portland, said the mandate to put COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents was decided by the governor alone, without any legislative input. The governor has chosen to continue the policy, despite evidence that it could be putting thousands of more lives at risk.
“I cannot comprehend why anyone would think putting COVID-19 patients into our nursing homes under the same roof as our most vulnerable residents was a good idea,” Calley said. “How much longer must our loved ones be at risk before the governor agrees to end this policy?”
The plan requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Department (DHHS), along with the state department for Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, to complete an evaluation and report of the current policies regarding COVID-19 patients and nursing homes by Aug. 15.
Additionally, the legislation requires DHHS to develop and implement a new plan by Sept. 1 creating at least one dedicated regional facility within each of the state’s eight health regions for use as COVID-19 patient facilities.
Finally, Senate Bill 956, unlike the governor’s current plan, protects nursing home residents by prohibiting the placement of individuals with COVID-19 in any long-term care facility unless it has a separate dedicated building where infected patients can be properly cared for while quarantined.
State Rep. Julie Calley this week helped lead a group of House Republican lawmakers who announced a plan aimed at giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control by allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
Rep. Calley, a member of the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, says a plan unveiled Tuesday at the Capitol reflects a focus on localized approaches JSC members heard about just this week.
A group of House Republican legislators today labeled the latest emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding indoor visitation in nursing homes as a step in the right direction, adding there is still more work to be done.
State Rep. Julie Calley today said she looks forward to a stronger partnership between representatives of the people, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to address COVID-19.