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Gov. Whitmer signs Executive Order extending protections for nursing homes, includes special grocery store hours for those at risk

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 12:42:56-04
LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) —

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an Executive Order extending protections for nursing home residents. The order also includes maintaining special hours at grocery stores for the vulnerable population.

Existing safety measures will be extended to help protect residents and staff in long-term care facilities. Grocery stores and pharmacies are ordered to reserve two hours of reserved shopping for those at risk.

“The frontline workers across the state have been the heroes of this pandemic and we must do everything we can to protect both them and our most vulnerable Michiganders.” said Governor Whitmer. “This virus is still widespread and poses a real danger to our families, and these extensions will be crucial in protecting both frontline workers, customers and our most vulnerable populations. I urge each and every one of us to do our part through physical distancing and masking up to help fight COVID-19.”

Under the order, a long-term care facility is required to take specific precautions when a resident exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 — including informing employees of the facility. The order also requires nursing homes to use reasonable efforts to create dedicated units for residents affected by COVID-19. To ensure these units provide a safe environment that can meet the medical needs of COVID-19-affected residents, the order clarifies that nursing homes that create such units must provide adequate PPE to the direct care employees responsible for staffing the units and implement reliable and effective infection procedures. The governor’s order extends through August 10, 2020.

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