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New state law requires more info about visitation policies, COVID cases in nursing homes


Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill into lawThursday that will give people more information about COVID-19’s impact on nursing homes. 

Starting November 15, the law requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to post weekly reports with information such as current visitation policies and the number of new cases and deaths among residents and staff. 


Last week, MDHHS revised its reporting system for COVID data in all licensed long-term care facilities, not just nursing homes. Those changes mean the department is already meeting many of the new law’s requirements. 


One new requirement, however, is that MDHHS publish data stretching back to the start of the pandemic so that people can track COVID in facilities over time. 


The bill was sponsored by Representative Leslie Love (D-Detroit), who has been vocal through the pandemic about what it's like having a mother in a nursing home.

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Will Callan, a reporter for Michigan Radio, hails from the Bay Area, where he lived in Oakland and San Francisco and reported for local newspapers and magazines. He enjoys a long swim in chilly water (preferably followed by a sauna) and getting to know new cities. That's one reason he's excited to be in Ann Arbor, which he can already tell has just the right combo of urban grit and natural beauty to make him feel at home.
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