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Lawsuit alleges veterans at Pa. nursing home were abandoned during first COVID-19 wave

Lawsuit alleges veterans at Pa. nursing home were abandoned during first COVID-19 wave
The lawsuit, which seeks damages for wrongful death, negligence, and civil rights violations, alleges that Southeastern Veterans' Center officials failed to follow guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing and quarantining infected residents.

nursing home were abandoned during first COVID-19 wave The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Pa.PHILADELPHIA (Tribune News Service) — The families of five Southeastern Veterans' Center residents who died of COVID-19 filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday alleging that the operators of the state-run nursing home in Chester County failed to protect them and dozens of other residents who succumbed to the virus.Blackwood and Mullane were suspended in May following reports in The Inquirer, citing internal documents, on the high number of coronavirus deaths at the East Vincent Township nursing home — as many as four a day.The lawsuit claims the nursing home also misled some families about the health conditions of their loved ones.

A July report by state and federal health inspectors found that the nursing home had placed residents in "immediate jeopardy" by flouting infection-control guidelines."The residents of Southeastern Veterans' Center .

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