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Nursing Homes Want Immunity from COVID 19 Lawsuits

Since the outbreak of COVID 19 at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, families of nursing home residents have been on high alert. The virus can be easily spread in these facilities, especially considering that too many nursing homes don't follow proper care protocols even when not facing a pandemic. Now, nursing homes in several states are asking for temporary immunity due to COVID 19. Ohio is not yet on that list, but if this movement gains traction immunity will surely become an Ohio issue. Blanket immunity on nursing homes, even during this time, is dangerous. While the entire healthcare system has needed to pivot and learn about this emerging virus, nursing homes still have a duty to provide safe and appropriate care and treatment for their residents. Immunity will only open the door to more bad care. This recent article from NPR provides more information.

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