The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued emergency orders to maintain existing COVID-19 precautions in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities Tuesday in the wake of a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision invalidating many of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus executive orders.
One of the orders issued by MDHHS Director Robert Gordon Tuesday continues visitation restrictions for residential care facilities like nursing homes, adult foster care and assisted living facilities, although visitation is permitted for assistance with daily activities, compassionate care and medical treatment.
Window visits with a barrier between the resident and visitor and socially distanced outdoor visits in facilities with no new COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days are permitted under the order.
“Ensuring the health and safety of vulnerable Michiganders and those under our care is of the utmost importance,” Gordon said in a statement. “This order reestablishes protections that have helped Michigan sharply