Lucido applauds DOJ inquiry into Michigan nursing home COVID-19 deaths

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday requested COVID-19 data from the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration concerning executive orders that may have led to the deaths of nursing home residents:

“I appreciate that the federal government is investigating the Whitmer administration’s executive orders that led to COVID-19 being introduced into Michigan’s nursing homes,” Lucido said. “The decision to bring COVID-19-positive patients into the state’s nursing homes was regrettable and one made in the face of objections, and I have been calling for such an investigation for months.

“The administration’s decision not only didn’t make sense, it further threatened the health of the already vulnerable people residing in the facilities, as well as their caregivers. Today, 2,083 nursing home residents and 21 staff are dead from COVID-19, which is over 32% of all COVID-19 deaths in our state. I remain disappointed and saddened that the governor vetoed my bill that would have prohibited the transfer of people who have COVID-19 into nursing homes and renew my call to pass a veto override.

“I am hopeful that the DOJ’s investigation will lead to answers and accountability. As I have said, we owe it to our residents, especially the seniors and vulnerable members of our communities who cannot speak for themselves.”