6,500 dead yet state finds few problems in N.J. nursing homes. Did inspectors go easy on them?


For weeks, the death toll mounted at the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, where nearly every resident was hit by COVID-19.But when the state-run nursing facility was inspected on May 14 by a special team from Department of Health, surveyors found nothing wrong. In a short, single-page report, they said the facility was in compliance with infection control regulations and had implemented “recommended practices to prepare for COVID-19.”At least 81 residents have died at Paramus — more than any other nursing home in New Jersey.Since April 9, amid the deadly pandemic that has so far taken the li…

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