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Congressional Republicans intensified their questioning of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the impact of Whitmer’s executive orders that placed COVID-19 patients into the same buildings, but different units, as elderly nursing home residents.
The article goes on to state the following:
They also sought investigations into four other state governors who set similar policies.
The letter to Nessel said:
In your current review of Michigan nursing homes actions during the coronavirus pandemic we request that you include in your investigation the following topics:
1. The deliberative process of all State-issued guidance, directives, advisories, and executive orders regarding hospital discharges to nursing homes or any other types of assisted living facilities, including the orders subsequently superseded;
2. An analysis of any State-issued guidance, directives, advisories, or executive orders regarding hospital discharges to nursing homes or any and all other types of assisted living facilities which adversely affected the nursing homes’ efforts to contain or respond to the pandemic; and
3. The data collection practices of the State including:
a. the total number of patients infected with COVID-19 who were admitted or readmitted to nursing homes or assisted living facilities each day between January 1, 2020 and present;
b. including the name of the facility of admittance or readmittance; and
c. the number of nursing home or assisted living deaths that occurred in either the patient’s place of residence or in a medical setting.
In addition to the above topics for your review, we respectfully request the following documents and information:
1. All information, documents, and communications between your office, the Office of the Governor, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding the investigation of nursing homes between January 1, 2020 and present.
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