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Nursing Home COVID-19 Plan

  • On March 10, Michigan recorded its first cases of COVID-19. By the first week in April the state was tallying about 1,500 cases and 100 deaths per day, and it became clear the state’s nursing facilities were facing immense challenges.

    In order to respond to these concerns and provide essential protections to both residents and staff in these facilities, the State of Michigan took several steps:

    • Establishing Regional Hubs to care for COVID-19 positive nursing residents who do not require acute care provided in a hospital, or who have gone to the hospital, been medically stabilized, and determined ready for discharge.
    • Requiring nursing facilities with the ability to provide adequate infection control to have separate units for residents who tested positive for COVID-19 or who were experiencing symptoms.
    • Daily reporting to MDHHS about COVID cases, deaths, PPE and other information was mandated.

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  • In an effort to continue addressing the impact of COVID-19 on nursing facilities, MDHHS and other state partners are working on several fronts. Expand the titles to learn about each component of the MDHHS Nursing Home COVID-19 Plan.

    On June 30, 2020, MDHHS Director Robert Gordon signed an order providing visitation guidance to nursing homes and other residential facilities in Michigan.