Federal officials are on the ground in New Jersey investigating state-run veterans homes where more than 200 people died of COVID-19. According to the state attorney general’s office, Department of Justice officials visited the Menlo Park and Paramus veterans homes in the past week. Investigators reportedly questioned residents during the visits.
The visits are part of an inquiry launched last October to determine whether residents’ civil rights were violated as a result of poor medical care. A scathing federal inspection last summer found poor mask use and lax infection controls at the nursing homes that put staff and residents in “immediate jeopardy” of life-threatening illness.