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In what is likely a sign of things to come, the children of a man who died from COVID-19 is suing his nursing home for failing to adequately protect him from the virus.

The family filed a joint lawsuit on July 15 in Tulare County Superior Court against Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, CA, where their father died from COVID-19 on April 10 at the age of 87. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages related to elder abuse, willful misconduct and wrongful death. The operator also failed “to provide supervision, care and assistance by sufficient numbers of personnel,” according to the complaint.

Since January, Redwood Springs has had 124 residents and 71 employees test positive for COVID-19, according to an article Wednesday in the Sun Gazette. The facility had the highest number of positive resident cases among skilled nursing facilities in the state and the fifth highest number of employee cases in the state, according to the report. Of the 124 infected residents, 29 have died.

This article appeared in the McKnight’s Business Daily, a joint effort of McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.