Lucido legislation would prohibit placing patients with COVID-19 in nursing homes

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Peter J. Lucido on Tuesday announced new legislation that would prohibit the transfer of people who have COVID-19 into the state’s long-term care facilities.

“Nursing homes are not hospitals — no one expects them to be — and state government shouldn’t force them to take in patients with COVID-19,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “There’s no telling how many people fell ill or even died as a result of this practice. My bill would ensure that it stops and would help ensure the health and safety of the vulnerable people who reside at nursing homes, and the staff who care for them, by better mitigating their exposure to the virus at the facilities.”

The legislation would ban the intentional transfer of people who have COVID-19 into any nursing home facility and require the establishment of a centralized treatment facility to help take care of individuals while they recuperate before returning to a nursing home upon testing negative.

Last week Lucido sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider and Attorney General Dana Nessel, requesting that separate investigations be conducted on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders that required long-term care facilities to create COVID-19 units and to accept and/or retain COVID-19-infected patients.

Lucido is hopeful the bill is approved soon.