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June 19, 2020

@MyKitchenTable: Friday, June 19, 2020

Dear Friend:

Psalm 71:9… “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails."

We know that the COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately impacted residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 1,947 of Michigan COVID deaths are nursing home-related – 34% of deaths statewide. Nearly one-third of COVID-19 deaths in Kalamazoo county and almost three-fourths of COVID-19 deaths in Berrien County have been residents of long-term care centers. That’s tragic. You can read more about the Berrien County numbers HERE. CMS posted the second set of COVID-19 nursing home data. The data includes confirmed COVID-19 resident cases and deaths by state, and resident average cases and deaths per 1,000 nursing home residents, among other information, which you can see HERE.

In response, today I helped introduce the Infection Control Training and Support Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide additional resources for nursing homes to enhance quality of care and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health crises. The legislation would provide an additional $210 million for quality and infection control support for nursing homes. The Infection Control Training and Support Act would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide $210 million to Skilled Nursing Facilities struggling with infection control through the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program.You can read more HERE.

The Michigan Legislature also passed a resolution yesterday calling for the state to end the policy that commingles patients who test positive for COVID-19 with healthy residents, which you can read HERE.

A few additional notes:

  • HHS announced awards totaling more than $107M to 310 recipients to increase the health workforce in rural and underserved communities, which you can read HERE.
  • A study published in Nature found that those under 20 years old are roughly half as susceptible to COVID-19 infection as those over 20 years of age, and that 79% of infections are asymptomatic in 10-19 year olds, compare with 31% in those over 70 years of age. The study found that interventions aimed at children (such as closing schools) might have a relatively small impact on reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, particularly if the transmissibility of subclinical infections is low.You can read more HERE.

ImageToday’s constituent photo comes from Vicksburg. 4 of the men from F3 Kalamazoo gathered at the Portage District Library Monday June 15th for a workout outside. These workouts are free and meet Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. TY for sharing. If you would like to submit a photo for us to consider, please click HERE.

I’m looking forward to wishing my wonderful dad a Happy Father’s day this weekend, and I also want to give a special shout out to my son-in-law, Matt, who’s a new father to our first grandson, Thomas.We can’t wait to see him again soon!

Have a safe weekend, and God bless,

Fred Upton

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