The information below represents COVID-19 data reported directly to MDHHS by licensed and operating Skilled Nursing, Home for the Aged and Adult Foster Care facilities (licensed to serve 13 or more individuals) in Michigan from January 1, 2020 through April 27, 2021. All long-term care facilities additionally have an obligation to report COVID-positive residents and/or staff to their Local Health Department. Ensuring accurate and timely reporting by those facilities subject to MDHHS reporting requirements is a priority for the State of Michigan. The data is leveraged to guide state efforts and ensure sufficient support is provided where it is needed most, as well as to allow transparency for residents and families. MDHHS employs ongoing data validation processes and works with the Institute for Health Policy at MSU to support additional validation exercises on the data. When a facility is flagged for a validation concern, the department may work with the Regional Health Care Coalition, conduct direct outreach, and provide technical assistance to the facility. Facilities are provided the opportunity to correct entry errors identified during the validation process on an ongoing basis, therefore total case and death counts are best used to gauge the general impact of COVID-19 on this population and not to calculate week over week change. All data presented is considered provisional and may change as facilities correct or add data.
The following is a graphical presentation of cumulative resident and staff COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths. A downloadable file of data for all facilities is available here.
Note: Admissions data is currently under review and is not included in this week's data set.
This information does not replace a thoughtful conversation with facility staff about their current infection control practices and mitigation strategies. Questions that families might ask a care facility include:
In addition, residents and family members should understand that the presence of COVID-19 at a facility is not alone an indicator that a facility is not following proper procedures. Families should always feel free to ask questions of the facility where their loved one resides, and if not satisfied, contact their local ombudsman.