(CBS DETROIT) – A team of agents appointed by Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel will make unannounced visits to nursing homes.

Nessel says the visits are a part of an investigation of abuse and neglect.

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The sentinel project will determine which nursing homes will be investigated, based on previous data and reports.

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This comes after the attorney general declined requests from Republican lawmakers to investigate the state’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

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