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So Many Have Died: COVID-19 in America’s Nursing Homes

By David English

David English, the W.F. Fratcher Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, is a past chair of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and a past chair of the ABA Commission on Law & Aging.

As of the date of this writing in late September 2020, over 77,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19 with more to come. This article will describe the reasons for this mass wave of death and provide practical suggestions for attorneys who represent a resident or family members of residents.

The lofty ambitions of the Nursing Home Reform Act have not been achieved, as the massive number of deaths from COVID-19 has laid bare.

The lofty ambitions of the Nursing Home Reform Act have not been achieved, as the massive number of deaths from COVID-19 has laid bare.

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