Whitmer’s Health Department Undercounted Nursing Home Deaths According to Report

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A new report from Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests that Gretchen Whitmer’s health department may have “wildly” undercounted COVID-19 deaths related to long term care facilities.

According to the report, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has not reviewed nearly 7,000 vital records, claiming the process would be “too time consuming.” Of the 1,468 records that were reviewed, 44% were traced back to nursing homes, suggesting that there may have been a substantial undercount across the state.

Whitmer joined other Democrat governors across the country like Andrew Cuomo by recklessly placing sick COVID-19 patients in nursing homes with healthy patients, endangering countless Michigan seniors.

“This alarming report is just the latest example of the failed leadership of Gretchen Whitmer and her administration that continues to make lives more difficult for Michiganders,” said RGA Spokesperson Chris Gustafson. “Every day that goes by Whitmer does more to earn herself the title ‘Andrew Cuomo of the Midwest’, and these allegations must be investigated.”

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It appears that Michigan wildly under-counts Covid deaths in its long term care facilities.

A joint investigation by the “No BS News Hour” and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy reveals that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) does not do a thorough job of scrubbing  vital records to determine whether people who died of Covid were nursing home residents, as its own guidelines require.

Moreover, our investigation found that DHHS did conduct a limited review of those vital records last summer, and found that 44 percent could be traced to nursing homes.

Read more of the shocking report here.