By now, you’ve likely heard all about the horrible nursing home scandal in New York state. Liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was early on labeled as a hero and media darling for the handling of the COVID pandemic and the rules and regulations it required.
However, it didn’t take long for everyone to discover that this assumption was far from reality.
Instead of protecting his state’s most at-risk citizens, he ordered that all nursing home COVID patients currently in hospitals be sent back to their respective nursing homes to free up much-needed beds at the hospitals.
in the weeks that followed, some 6,000 nursing home residents came down with the novel disease and died…
Of course, Cuomo’s office lied about those numbers and placed blame for any smaller number of deaths on just about anyone who wasn’t them, from then-President Trump to, more recently, first responders and visitors.
The truth of the matter has since been exposed, and Cuomo labeled, via a federal investigation, as a liar.
But as it turns out, Cuomo isn’t the only liberal governor who made similar decisions, costing their state a massive number of senior citizens.
Take the liberally, if not draconian-led state of Michigan.
Here, dictator-like Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been the subject of much ire from her constituents and state lawmakers for some time now by putting into play executive orders that have kept many under lock and key and unemployed for months and months on end.
But it was also recently found that Whitmer, like Cuomo, also sent known COVID positive seniors back into nursing homes filled with her state’s most at-risk populations.
However, at least so far, it doesn’t seem that Whitmer has bald-faced lied about it or the numbers like Cuomo.
According to reports by the state, out of the total 15,454 COVID-related deaths so far, about 5,549 of those belong to residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. Just to let you know, that’s about 36 percent.
Yes, a whopping 36 percent of all COVID deaths in Michigan are from nursing homes.
Naturally, numbers like these have prompted Michigan lawmakers to demand an investigation into why this happened and the governor’s office’s influence.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, eight Michigan GOP members wrote to acting US Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, asking that such an investigation be launched.
More specifically, the request has asked that the investigation look into the effects of Governor Whitmer’s April executive order that banned nursing homes from denying admission to residents based on previous hospitalizations for COVID. Like Cuomo’s decision on the matter, it is expected that this order was extremely detrimental to the health of those living in the state’s nursing homes.
And if that isn’t bad enough, Whitmer made another similar executive order, this one made in May, that allowed nursing homes to accept back those who may still be COVID positive and contagious.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “In late May, (Whitmer) issued a new order that also allowed residents hospitalized for COVID-19 to return to their homes even if they were still contagious.”
The outlet noted that “both orders also required homes to send infected residents to regional hubs, hospitals or better-equipped facilities if they did not have an isolation unit.”
As State Senator Jim Runestad recently stated, “There are too many similarities between what happened in New York and what’s happened here in Michigan not to open an investigation. The families of lost loved ones deserve to know what happened and to get justice.”
Runestad, like many others, sees Whitmer’s actions as proof that she “ignored advice from medical experts and the nursing home industry and put COVID patients into nursing homes with our most vulnerable.”
It has also been suggested that, as a result, COVID deaths may have been drastically undercounted, as is what happened in New York. However, so far, it appears that Whitmer’s office has been quite a bit more forthcoming about the numbers that are known and what actually happened.
Only time will tell if the investigation will drudge up further crimes, but if it does, you can expect Michigan lawmakers to demand justice.