Scarlet Lindsey | Civil Patriot
In a breaking story, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan could potentially be facing criminal charges. According to Peter Lucido, a Macomb County prosecutor, Whitmer could “possibly face charges for her early handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Whitmer’s alleged negligent mishandling of COVID-19 patients involves sending them back to the state’s nursing homes even after testing positive for the virus, (a parallel story to what we’re also seeing in NY and NJ).
Lucido says he’s is looking into “willful neglect of office” and “reckless endangerment of a person’s life” in an investigation into Whitmer’s handling of the situation, which mean deem to be reckless and dangerous.
Nursing home decrees were handed down in multiple states, so Whitmer isn’t the only governor facing problems. These orders (to release COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes) ended in thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, and Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota are all in the same position. Each of these governors executed orders that led to high death rates among COVID patients.
Whitmer’s office offered a statement in response to these potential charges.
“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 resident 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.”
Approximately 1/3 of the COVID patients who died in Michigan were nursing home patients.
Back in August the DOJ (Dept. of Justice) issued the following request:
The Justice Department requested COVID-19 data from the governors of states that issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan required nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations, often without adequate testing.
Other state legislators are calling for an investigation of Whitmer’s handling of the situation.
I can’t help but think that if one of these four governors takes a fall, the others will topple like dominoes in rapid succession. Time will tell. But, in the meantime, every precaution should be taken to ensure the safety and health of our nation’s elderly. They are worth our every effort.