Michigan long-term facilities hard-hit by COVID-19


Long term-care facilities are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Facebook post on April 17th, the Ingham County Medical Care Facility confirmed two residents had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services , Livingston County has two outbreaks of COVID-19 in what are called “congregate settings.” The facilities include adult foster care, group homes, homeless shelters, independent living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing homes, prisons and juvenile justice facilities.

Larry Johnson, Health Officer at the Shiawassee County Health Dept. says the Durand Senior Care and Rehab has been crippled by the virus.

“70 of those residents and staff have tested positive in that facility. It’s been a real challenge. We’re working closely with them and we’re in the process of getting all staff and employees tested.” Jhnson said.

At yesterday’s press conference, Governor Whitmer said a strong cross department, state and local partnership is needed to combat the spread of this virus and protect residents and staff members.

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