After the Michigan auditor general identified COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities beyond what was previously reported by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration, state Rep. Julie Alexander today said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) should provide additional clarity about how it has tracked long-term care deaths.
“Long-term care residents have faced grave risks from COVID-19,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “The auditor general’s findings raise real concerns about how the health department tracked the disease’s impact on people living in congregate care settings. I hope the administration will shed additional light on the subject so we can learn more about this somber reality.”
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) identified 8,061 COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities as of July 2021, an increase of 42% compared to the 5,675 deaths reported at the time. Of the total, the OAG identified 7,010 deaths, or a 24% increase, from only facilities required to report deaths to MDHHS.