Gov. Whitmer Vetoes GOP Bill Aimed at Protecting Nursing Homes from COVID-19

Gov. Whitmer Vetoes GOP Bill Aimed at Protecting Nursing Homes from COVID-19


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have barred patients who test positive for the coronavirus from being sent to nursing homes in her state.

The Detroit News reported that Whitmer, a Democrat, refused to sign legislation Friday that would have directed patients diagnosed with the infection to facilities specifically designed to isolate them from long-term-care facilities with vulnerable residents.

The legislation, known as SB 956, was sponsored by Michigan state Republican Sen. Peter Lucido and was a challenge to Whitmer’s previous order to send coronavirus-positive patients into nursing homes.

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In a statement explaining the veto, Whitmer said her state’s existing system adequately protects nursing home residents.

“SB 956 is based on the false premise that isolation units created within existing facilities are somehow insufficient to protect seniors—a claim unsupported by the data and refuted by the nation’s highest authorities on infectious disease,” Whitmer wrote.

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