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UPDATED 1:05 PM PT – Friday, June 4, 2021
New reports indicate that the Michigan nursing home death toll may be higher than previously reported. Critics call for a check on the actual number of nursing home deaths Michigan saw during the COVID-19 pandemic after a report indicated some facilities may have been underestimated.
As of this week, more than 5,600 deaths in nursing homes had been attributed to the virus which accounted for more than 30 percent of deaths across the state. However, now a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy indicates that the true figure may be closer to 9,000.
“We found 5,500 other demographics that, assuming the rate holds, you can’t necessarily do so, but if that holds true, that’s another 2,400 Michigan nursing home deaths that have not been accounted for and that is an underestimation,” said Rep. Steven Johnson (R).
Johnson added that Michigan residents deserve to know how many people have died as a result of the Governor’s decision to place COVID-19 positive patients in nursing homes. This emerged as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) She is also battling critics from all sides who have criticized her for her strict lockdown procedures.
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