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The state’s nursing homes are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths among residents and staff, and several groups are sounding the alarm to protect these vulnerable residents and those who care for them as the virus surges in Michigan and across the country.

On Thursday, AARP Michigan said new coronavirus cases and deaths in nursing homes are reflective of recent upward trends in Michigan’s general population and that there are shortages in staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“COVID-19 is still spreading in the community. Continuing shortages of PPE and staff mean many facilities aren’t prepared for another wave,” AARP State Director Paula Cunningham said.

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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living also released a report this