The fate of the Covington Rest Home in question

A hearing is scheduled in Lansing today regarding the fate of the Covington Rest Home in Baraga County. Earlier this week, the Michigan Department of Human Services shut down the facility after issuing several citations during its annual inspection in August. The 25 residents of the home were then moved to Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care in Calumet.

Covington Rest Home Manager Candy Kanniainen said she plans to dispute many of the citations issued against her facility and vowed to make any corrections necessary to reopen the home.

A spokesperson for the Gardenview said in a statement that his facility was contacted Monday morning by the State and was told to begin making preparations for the immediate care of the displaced residents of Covington.

Executive Director of Gardenview Linette Abb thanked the several local businesses and individuals who donated supplies and manpower to make the transition possible.

Gardenview officials said they will work closely with the state to assist with permanent housing for the displaced residents.