TRAVERSE CITY — MediLodge, a regional hub for COVID-19 positive patients recovering from the disease, received seven new transfers, the Record-Eagle learned.

Grand Traverse County Health Officer Wendy Hirschenberger confirmed the Thursday transfers via a text from a spokesperson.

The Regional Hub strategy, which placed COVID-19-infected patients recovering from the disease in nursing homes that are paid a $5,000 bonus from the state, have been increasingly criticized.

Requests to be declared a Regional Hub are voluntary, and the transfers were made a day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relaxed restrictions on all nursing homes in the state regarding the care of COVID-19 patients.

Executive Order 2020-50, signed April 17 established the hubs and required nursing homes to care for current residents and accept new admissions

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