Three Die From Coronavirus At Detroit Nursing Home And Families Demand Answers, Plan Protest

WWJ News
April 09, 2020 - 8:16 am

(WWJ) Three residents have died of coronavirus at a Detroit nursing home and some believe that it's because the patients are being poorly cared for.

Charlie Langton reports that a protest is afoot at the Ambassador Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on East Jefferson in Detroit. Protestors plan to picket at noon to point out the need for better working conditions.

Among the victims are one staffer and two residents. Nursing home residents are considered the most vulnerable to COVID-19, which spreads rapidly among the elderly, especially those in a public space. And Detroit is a hotspot for the virus, with 5824 cases in the city alone, and 251 deaths."

"She wasn't give proper protection, proper care, nor the respect that she deserved and the ones there now are beig treated the same way," "Rev W. J Rideout III, an organizer of the protest, told Langton. "There are some workers there who are potentially going to walkout."

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Michigan spokesman Kevin Lignell told Advance, a media website, that the union filed complaints against the nursing home with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) because of employees describing hazardous working conditions at the facility.  

The owner of the nursing home, Villa Healthcare, a Skokie, Ill.-based private, for-profit nursing home chain, posted this message on their website: "Our mission at Villa is to make people better—our residents, their families, and our team members. Every day, we take safety precautions and utilize infection prevention strategies. To minimize the potential exposure of our residents and team members to COVID19, we have implemented additional precautionary methods."