34% of COVID-19 deaths, 12% of cases in Michigan came from nursing homes

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 15, 2020

(WXYZ) — New numbers released from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday show just how deadly the coronavirus is in Michigan nursing homes.

Related: State now requiring regular testing, timely reporting of COVID-19 cases at nursing homes

According to the MDHHS, as of Monday, there have been 7,163 cases and 1,947 deaths among patients in nursing facilities. In the entire state, there are now 60,064 cases and 5,772 deaths.

Nearly 34% of the deaths from COVID-19 and 12% of the cases in the state state came from nursing facilities. More than 1 in 4 people who contracted COVID-19 in a nursing facility died.

For nursing home staff, there have been 3,133 cases and 20 deaths, and this represents date recorded since the beginning of the year.

the MDHHS announced Monday that it is now requiring "regular testing and timely and accurate reporting of cases, deaths" related to COVID-19. Additionally, Michigan nursing homes must also report personal protective equipment and staffing shortages.

More specifically, the Order requires nursing facilities to conduct the following COVID-19 testing for residents and staff:

  • Initial testing of all residents and staff.
  • Testing of all new or returning residents during intake unless tested within 72 hours of intake.
  • Testing of any resident or staff member with symptoms or suspected exposure.
  • Weekly testing of all previously negative residents and staff in facilities with any positive cases among residents or staff, until 14 days after the last new positive result.
  • Weekly testing of all staff in regions of medium or higher risk on the MI Safe Start Map [].
  • Testing of all staff in Regions 1 through 5 and 7, at least once between the date of this order and July 3, 2020.

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