Lucido bill protecting seniors signed by governor

LANSING, Mich. — A bill sponsored by Sen. Peter J. Lucido to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan nursing homes was signed into law by the governor on Thursday.

“It is our moral duty as a society to protect our elders and this new law will help do just that,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Approving this bill was part of a process of putting aside political differences and working together to enact critical protections to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable people.”

Senate Bill 1094 combines aspects from legislation that was previously vetoed and recommendations from the state Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force.

It prohibits individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who have not yet recovered from being admitted into the facilities. The law also requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, to implement a process to create Care and Recovery Centers for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am grateful for the strong bipartisan support this legislation received from my colleagues, and I thank Gov. Whitmer for signing it,” Lucido said. “Now, seniors in nursing facilities and the staff who care for them can get the protection from COVID-19 they deserve.”