MI GOP Lawmakers Question Whitmer COVID Policy On Nursing Homes

May 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Michigan
Credit Photo provided by the State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers say they are concerned about the safety of nursing home residents in facilities that also care for people recovering from the coronavirus, questioning policies adopted by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At issue is a month-old executive order that lays out rules for the admission or readmission of people who test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Republicans worry about infected people sharing a building with residents who don't have the virus. Also Wednesday, Whitmer announced the temporary layoff of 31,000 state employees because of a budget shortfall due to the pandemic.