New answers about which nursing homes have been hit hardest by COVID-19 came Friday when Michigan officials released cumulative case information on facilities that house the state’s most vulnerable population.

But the accuracy of some of the figures has been questioned by previous Free Press reporting. After the state’s release, some said they did not trust the bills.

The data released on Friday shows that hospitals across the country have had about 5,000 coronavirus cases among residents with about 90% of facilities reporting. Three Detroit metro homes have had more than 100 cases and another five have reported more than 80 cases, according to state records.

Friday was the first time since the pandemic began that the state has provided cumulative cases of coronavirus divided by nursing homes. No death records were provided online Friday, but officials said earlier that more than 1,200 nursing home residents have died.

According to state data, nursing homes that report the highest number of cases include:

  • Westland Convalescent & Rehab Center (Westland, a residential center) in Westland with 127 cases.
  • Autumn Woods Residential Health in Warren with 111 cases.
  • Fairlane Senior Care and Rehab Center in Detroit with 101 cases.

Free Press released messages on Friday with the facilities that had the highest number of cumulative cases and did not hear back from two of them.

Westland, a Villa Center had zero COVID-positive residents in the house as of Friday, according to a statement from Villa Healthcare. It said 66 residents have recovered from COVID-19 and six residents have died.

The Ambassador, a Villa Center in Detroit, had no information listed on the state’s website, indicating it has not reported. However, Detroit’s website shows the facility with 107 resident cases. The nurse’s officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The accuracy of some of the figures published on the state’s website was questioned Friday night. Free Press quickly discovered differences in some of the posted figures and figures previously reported by the magazine.

For example, on April 9, Free Press reported 21 Rivergate Terrace residents had tested positive for COVID-19, citing information from the Riverview facility. About two weeks ago, Free Press reported 93 residents had tested positive overall at that facility.

However, the state website showed Friday that only 18 Rivergate Terrace residents had tested positive since the outbreak.

“We will be monitoring the facility to determine the accuracy of the information,” said spokeswoman Lynn Sutfin, state health department in an email when asked about the number.

The number of active cases at Rivergate Terrace, a facility for food centers in America, has decreased in recent weeks and there are now six positive cases, says Timothy Killian, a public information liaison.

Heidi Sisler, 55, of Southgate said she does not believe the state released accurate figures given what she has heard before. Her mother-in-law, Lucille Kania, 88, lives on Rivergate Terrace and was diagnosed with the virus earlier this year, she said.

“I have zero confidence in the Michigan government over this COVID-19,” Sisler said. “No.”

The latest data from the state did not include the number of nursing home staff infected with the virus or how many residents live in each home.

There have been at least 1,216 coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes in Michigan – about 23% of all deaths in the state, according to preliminary data released earlier this week. No plant information has been provided about where these deaths occurred and the number is expected to grow when more plants report to the state.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer, said the state’s public health computer reporting system has not kept up with what is needed to combat the pandemic and provide people with information as quickly as officials should.

Officials still have work to do with death information related to nursing homes before they are made public, Khaldun said during a news conference on Friday afternoon.

“What I don’t want to do is post up data that is not accurate,” Khaldun said, adding that there is some conflicting information they need to sort through.

People, including those with loved ones in nursing homes, have been seeking extensive state information on COVID-19 in the facilities for months. Michigan confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 10 – more than 11 weeks ago.

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Earlier this week during a hearing committee hearing in a Senate, a legislator asked why other states have been able to release detailed information about nursing homes before Michigan.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon said the staff is thinly stretched and the state has an outdated data reporting system, which contributes to the state’s slow response providing the information.

“My suspicion is that there are states that have been able to automate reporting through their own disease monitoring systems,” Gordon said during the hearing. “It’s not something we were able to do.”

What we knew

Previous data released by the state provided snapshots of nursing homes. It provided the current number of coronavirus cases among residents of health care facilities but lacked the cumulative number of residents at each facility that received the virus, the number of residents who have recovered and the number who have died.

Due to the lack of data worldwide, including where deaths have occurred, the true number of viruses in hospital accommodation remains unknown.

Some local health departments have provided more specific numbers. Detroit began releasing detailed information on the city’s 26 nursing homes more than a month ago after conducting extensive testing at all facilities.

Many other states have provided cumulative data on deaths and deaths associated with nursing homes.

“We applaud the governor’s decision to release cumulative data on COVID cases in nursing homes,” said Andrea Acevedo, president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. “Up to this point, it has been difficult to draw conclusions based on information available to the public. Comparing cases with testimonials from our home workers helps us make decisions and holds employers accountable for issues that are available (personal protective equipment), risk pay and infection control. in nursing homes. “


Some Republican and Democratic legislators in Michigan have criticized the decision to house positive residents of COVID-19 in the same nursing home as non-infected people, even if separated. The move creates a precarious situation for seniors, they argued.

Some of the concerns expressed include limited staff at nursing homes, which can lead to employees working with infected and uninfected residents, poor infection history at some facilities, and limited personal protective equipment.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was asked why there has not been a ban on COVID-19 patients in nursing homes on Thursday, saying officials wanted to make sure patients discharged from hospitals had a place to go.

“We’ve had to balance here,” Whitmer said, adding, “as we continue to learn, we continue to improve.”

Her latest executive order on long-term care requires that nursing homes make every reasonable effort to create devices dedicated to coronavirus residents and provide appropriate personal protective equipment to personnel working in the devices.

Khaldun said Thursday that measures have been taken to protect residents and that more will come.

“We still need to do more work to get this right, to make sure our nursing home residents have nowhere safe to go,” she said. “And we continue to work on that.”

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