LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Hundreds or possibly thousands of people who died from COVID-19 in Michigan nursing homes may not have been counted by the state.
This comes from a new auditor general report expected to be released Monday.
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The report states Michigan may have undercounted nursing home deaths by 30 percent.
Deadline Detroit reporter Charlie LeDuff, who sued The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) last May, alleged the state undercounted by 42 percent.
LeDuff claims that puts Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on par with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Whitmer and state health director Elizabeth Hertel are disputing the report’s finding.
In a letter from Hertel, she says there are “serious concerns” with the report, including its plan to combine COVID-19 deaths at facilities subject to state or federal reporting requirements and those that are not subject to those rules.