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Mich. Senate wants facilities for less-sick virus patients

Michigan could start creating dedicated facilities for those with COVID-19 who aren't sick enough to be in the hospital.
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressing the state's COVID-19 response on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan would create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who aren't sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home under a bill approved by the state Senate. 

The Republican-sponsored legislation, which passed Wednesday, is a response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus. 

Under the measure sent to the House, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the home can provide a designated area for them. 

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