Michigan’s health department is being sued for refusing to release info on COVID nursing home deaths.
The Michigan health department is being sued over its refusal to release more information about COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which often takes aggressive action to get public records, filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff, who is seeking ages, dates of death and whether the person became ill at a long-term care facility.
The health department told LeDuff that the information is exempt under the state’s public records law.
“Not only does the public have the right to know this information, we have the need to know. … If we’re going to fix end-of-life care moving forward, it’s going to require a hard look at how the state’s policies treated our most vulnerable population,” said LeDuff, who was on a 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team at The New York Times.
Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) could face criminal charges:
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-Michigan health department is being sued over its refusal to released more info on COVID nursing home deaths
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