Union workers at several metro Detroit nursing homes plan to strike Monday as they face significant health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, SEIU members said.
“Here in Detroit, us nursing home workers are at the center of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Trece Andrews, who works at Regency at St. Clair Shores, a long-term care facility. “We’re putting our lives on the line every single day without proper PPE [personal protection equipment], paid sick days or fully-paid testing because facility owners treat us as disposable, not essential. Thousands of workers and residents have needlessly lost their lives. I’ve seen firsthand how this virus is devastating the Black community, exposing the systemic racism that has always existed.”
The effort is being billed as a “Strike for Black Lives.” Blacks It will be a work stoppage at Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lodge at Taylor, Regency at Taylor, Villa at Great Lakes Crossing, Villa at City Center and Regency at St. Claire Shores. The strike will culminate with a 2 p.m. action at the Hartford facility.
More than 50,000 nursing home residents and workers across the country have died from COVID-19, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Blacks are 40% of Michigan COVID-19 deaths. Officials want to know why.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that as of Friday, that the state has 7,508 confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and 3,581 among staff in long-term care facilities.The department reports 1,983 deaths among long-term care residents and 22 staff deaths.
About one-third of the coronavirus deaths in Michigan have occurred in nursing homes. Michigan ranks 11th among states and the District of Columbia in the number of nursing homes deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthcare Safety Network. New Jersey; Massachusetts; Connecticut; Rhode Island; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Louisiana; and New York rank ahead of Michigan.
The top 10 states for cases are New York, California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, per the New York Times. Michigan has slipped to 13th after an extended lockdown in response to being one of the hardest hit states during the spring.
Residents and staff at long-term care facilities make up about 45% of national coronavirus-related deaths. Only seven states — Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and New York — have ongoing, required testing of residents, staff or both, according to a Stateline report.
Out of the 45 nursing homes in Michigan that have reported the most deaths linked to COVID-19, nearly half — 22 — have been cited by state inspectors in the last four months according to a Detroit News review of hundreds of pages of state records. Forty percent of total coronavirus deaths, which…