HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24
A concurrent resolution to demand that the Governor compile and make publicly available certain data, to encourage medical professionals to provide elective medical procedures, and to encourage the people of Michigan to continue to practice safe social distancing.
Whereas, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness and death; and
Whereas, In Executive Order 2020-17, Governor Whitmer prohibited hospitals, clinics, and medical professionals from conducting elective medical procedures, including non-essential preventive care, even in cases where hospitals and medical professionals have the capacity to safely do so; and
Whereas, Governor Whitmer has not provided and made available to the public, daily, county-level data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital occupancy rates, emergency room visits, or medical staffing numbers. Providing these and other data would improve government transparency and accountability and would allow Michigan residents to learn more about the state of the COVID-19 Pandemic in their area; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That we demand that the Governor compile and make available within seven days from the date of this concurrent resolution, in a manner easily accessible by the public, detailed data summarized by county on:
1. The daily number of available hospital beds occupied by all patients since January 1, 2020, segregated by in-patient beds, negative air flow beds, and intensive care unit (ICU) beds, as provided by the hospitals.
2. The daily number of available hospital beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients since January 1, 2020, segregated by in-patient beds, negative air flow beds, and ICU beds, as provided by the hospitals.
3. The daily number of emergency room visits in total and the daily number of emergency room visits by patients testing positive for COVID-19 since January 1, 2020.
4. The daily number of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed COVID-19 deaths that are related to retirement homes or nursing homes since January 1, 2020.
5. The daily number of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed COVID-19 deaths of individuals who have had other pre-existing or underlying health conditions since January 1, 2020, with segregation of those health conditions and a breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed COVID-19 deaths by age, gender, and race.
6. The daily number of ventilators available and daily inventories of hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) since March 10, 2020.
7. The daily quantities of PPE possessed by the state government and the quantities distributed to each hospital since March 10, 2020.
8. The number of medical professionals who have been furloughed, had work hours reduced, or received a cut in pay since March 10, 2020.
9. The daily number of COVID-19 tests conducted since March 10, 2020, including positive and negative results.
; and be it further
Resolved, That we demand that all data related to emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 patients be confirmed to be COVID-19 positive patients, and the date of the emergency visit, hospitalization, or death be recorded as the actual date of occurrence, not the date of any data adjustments being made subsequently; and be it further
Resolved, That we encourage the people of Michigan to continue to follow national guidelines for safe social distancing and take steps to protect the populations most at risk, including those residing in nursing homes and retirement homes; and be it further
Resolved, That if the Governor issues any new executive orders pertaining to elective and preventive care procedures, hospitals, clinics, and medical professionals should have the freedom to provide elective procedures and preventive care where it is deemed appropriate based on staffing capacity, hospital capacity, and availability of PPE and as medical professionals in those facilities determine the best approach to implement national guidelines for safe social distancing; and be it further
Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor.