Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:50 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
CONYERS, Ga. — A suburban Atlanta nursing home where 22 people died from COVID-19 has been faulted by state inspectors for failing to control infections,. But relatives of people who died say a state law passed last year keeps them from suing. The law blocks lawsuits unless plaintiffs can prove the hard-to-meet standard of gross negligence. WXIA-TV reports that multiple state reports faulted infection control at Westbury Nursing Home in Conyers, where at least 85 residents have been infected. That includes an October inspection where state inspectors found that Westbury jeopardized residents by keeping COVID-19-positive and -negative residents in the same rooms, improperly performing COVID-19 tests, and failing to notify state officials.