Lucido to testify in House committee on bill prohibiting COVID-19 patients in nursing homes

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Peter J. Lucido and Dr. Rebecca Copf, M.D., a family medicine specialist from Dearborn, will testify before the House Committee on Health Policy Wednesday in support of Senate Bill 956.

Lucido’s bill, which was approved by the Senate on June 24, would, among other reforms, prohibit the transfer of people who have COVID-19 into nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Who: Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township; Dr. Rebecca Copf, M.D., Oakwood Anesthesia Association.

What: A hearing of the House Committee on Health Policy to consider Senate Bill 956.

When: Wednesday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Michigan Capitol, Room 352, and via livestream at

Why: Executive Orders 2020-50 and 2020-84 required nursing homes and long-term care facilities at less than 80% capacity to create COVID-19 units and to accept and/or retain COVID-19-infected patients. More than one-third of the state’s COVID-19-related deaths have occurred among patients from nursing homes.