No evidence of transmission between COVID-19 patients in nursing homes

March 12, 2021 | In The Media, PolitiFact

Covid test strip reads positiveOn March 12, 2021, PolitiFact reported on the criticism surrounding Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home COVID-19 policies. Clara Hendrickson and Kristen Jordan Shamus reported that under her administration’s policies, elderly patients with COVID-19 were released back to their long-term care facilities or to nursing home hubs designated for COVID-19 patients. The Michigan Republican Party has said that this policy caused the deaths of other seniors in nursing homes.

In the article, Hendrickson and Shamus cite a Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) report that showed no evidence of transmission between COVID-19 patients admitted from hospitals to nursing home hubs. CHRT did, however, find that the overall COVID-19 death rate was lower in regional hubs than in other nursing homes.

CHRT’s findings do not mean that there wasn’t transmission, emphasized Udow-Phillips. But Udow-Phillips suggested that COVID-19 may have been transmitted from staff to residents, instead of between residents. “Most of the national data has supported this observation that it’s transmission from the community into nursing homes,” she said.