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

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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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