Michigan health officials announce strategy to slow spread of COVID-19 at long-term facilities

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Posted at 10:01 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 23:40:20-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday a strategic plan to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at long-term care facilities.

The strategy will be aimed at protecting both residents and staff at these facilities.

Starting April 21, MDHHS will mandated that all long-term care facilities including nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care facilities and assisted living facilities, submit daily reports.

“We know older Michiganders and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Enhanced and timely reporting of cases in long term care facilities, as well as proactive training and technical assistance will help protect these vulnerable individuals.”

The strategy includes the following actions:

  • Mandates enhanced reporting requirements for all long-term care settings.
  • Activates a COVID-19 Infection Prevention Resource and Assessment Team (COVID iPRAT).
  • Establishes MDHHS-designated COVID-19 Regional Hubs.

Michigan health officials established a COVID iPRAT team, which is designed to help prevent COVID-19 infections and contain the spread at long-term care facilities. The team, made up of public health administrative staff, will also have access to training on latest prevention measures while also giving focused reviews of the infection control policies and procedures at facilities.

"The spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on residents and employees at Michigan’s long-term care facilities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “A strong cross department, state and local partnership will help combat the spread of this virus and protect residents and staff of these facilities.”

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