State data: Nearly 2K of Michigan’s coronavirus deaths at nursing homes

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Newly released data from the state shows that about a third of the coronavirus-related deaths in Michigan have been among nursing home residents.

The state’s website for coronavirus data now includes a detailed breakdown of exactly how many cases and deaths skilled nursing facilities have seen among both residents and staff members. The state says all but one skilled nursing home has reported its data.

The preliminary data, still subject to validation, indicates that 1,947 nursing home residents have died after contracting the virus. Twenty nursing home staff members have died.

Of the more than 60,000 confirmed cases statewide, 7,163 have been among nursing home residents and 3,133 have been among staff.

In Kent County, the resident deaths were at:

  • HealthBridge Rehabilitation in Wyoming — 3
  • The Laurels of Kent in Lowell — 8
  • Samaritas Lodge in Grand Rapids — 23
  • SKLD Beltline in Grand Rapids — 12
  • St. Ann’s Home in Grand Rapids — 5

In Kalamazoo County, the deaths have been concentrated at Medilodge of Kalamazoo, where 20 residents died after contracting the virus.

The state on Monday ordered long-term care facilities to conduct regular testing, to report cases and deaths in a “timely and accurate manner.” Under the new rules, facilities must:

  • Perform initial testing of all residents and staff;
  • Test all new or returning residents within 72 hours of intake;
  • Test any resident or worker with symptoms or suspected exposure;
  • If a positive case found at a home, test all previously negative residents and staff weekly until 14 days after the newest case;
  • Conduct weekly testing if the state determines they are in a medium- or high-risk region.
  • Conduct at least one test of every staff member in all regions except Region 6 (northern Lower Peninsula) before July 3.

Homes must submit testing plans to the state by June 22 and move on them by June 29.

Facilities will also have to the let the state know about how much personal protective equipment they have on hand and whether they are adequately staffed. Facilities that don’t provide the data could face a $1,000 fine, plus the case will be passed along to the state’s licensing agency for review and additional action.

The state says it is working to make more nursing assistants, nurses and Doctors Without Borders available to facilities with staff shortages.

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY DATA

On Monday, the state announced Michigan had recorded another two deaths linked to coronavirus and on Sunday confirmed 74 more cases. The new figures bring the total number of deaths to 5,772 and the total number of cases to 60,064 since the outbreak began in March.

Wayne County recorded an additional 38 cases over the previous day for a total of 21,061 since the outbreak started. The number of deaths stood at 2,552 — the first time that figure has not changed in weeks. Oakland County has had 8,654 cases and 1,025 deaths. Macomb County has had 6,895 cases and 852 deaths.

In Genesee County, where Flint is, there have been 2,086 cases and 257 deaths.

The number of deaths in Kent County was revised down by one to 112; it’s not unusual for those numbers to change slightly as the state double-checks data. It has had 4,086 cases.

Within the Michigan Department of Correction, there have been 4,058 cases and 68 deaths.

On Sunday, labs in Michigan tested 10,279 samples for the virus and 1.89% came back positive.

To help find COVID-19 outbreaks and contain them, the state is still doubling down on testing. Most people can now get tested and you can find a testing site near you on the state’s website.

As Michigan’s outbreak remains on the downtrend, more industries have been allowed to reopen. Barber shops and hair salons got back to work Monday, and stores started taking bottle returns.

  

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