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Amid deadly virus, Minnesota advocates renew push for senior care protections


Gladys Falk, left, with her daughter Candace Falk during a visit to her senior home. Gladys Falk died COVID-19 on June 2.

Candace Falk got the call from the assisted-living facility in Hugo on May 14: Her 83-year-old mother had tested positive for the coronavirus.

She was assured that her mother, Gladys, was not showing symptoms and that staff at the senior home would provide the family with regular updates on her condition.

Instead, it was the last time that Falk would hear from the facility, Encore at Hugo, until two weeks later when a nurse found her mother in a laundry basket, bruised and disoriented. Her health had deteriorated so rapidly that she would need end-of-life care, the nurse said.


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