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Hundreds of complaints submitted over Gov. Whitmer nursing home policies

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is contending with hundreds of complaints being filed against her over her handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer is facing similar scrutiny to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is fighting against a push from both Democrats and Republicans in New York City to resign after it was revealed that his administration withheld information on the number of nursing home deaths, as well as accusations that he sexually harassed multiple women in his administration.

In Michigan, residents are just as angry at Whitmer.

In fact, Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido is setting up procedures for how the state will investigate potential mishandling of nursing home deaths over the last year, according to Red State.

Whitmer has accused the prosecutor of playing politics with his investigations.

“Our top priority from the start has been protecting Michiganders, especially seniors and our most vulnerable. The administration’s policies carefully tracked CDC guidance on nursing homes, and we prioritized testing of nursing home residents and staff to save lives. Early in the pandemic, the state acted swiftly to create a network of regional hubs with isolation units and adequate PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within a facility. In addition, we have offered 100 percent of nursing home residents priority access to the vaccine. Both the former head of AARP, as well as an independent U-M study, praised our work to save lives in nursing homes,” Whitmer’s office said in a statement.

Lucido said he has received hundreds of complaints concerning the governor.

He said he is not “going after anyone, never have.”

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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