DOJ seeks data about COVID-19 nursing home deaths from New Jersey, 3 other states

The Justice Department is seeking data about “orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents” in New Jersey and three other states.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2020, 8:16 PM

Updated 1,331 days ago

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The Justice Department is seeking data about “orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents” in New Jersey and three other states. 
The department notified Gov. Phil Murphy and the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan Wednesday.
Officials say that the Justice Department’s civil rights division is evaluating whether to initiate investigations under a federal law that protects the rights of people in state-run nursing homes and other facilities.
Prosecutors are trying to determine whether state orders requiring admission of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes could have led to deaths.
Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband says the federal government must ensure vulnerable nursing home patients “are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”
Over 14,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New Jersey, with over 7,000 of those patients residing in or working at long-term care facilities.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report
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