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Posted on: June 9, 2020

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR LEE HARRIS URGES SHELBY COUNTY DELEGATION TO CHANGE STATE LAWS

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NEWS from the Shelby County Mayor’s Office

Lee Harris, Mayor

Vasco A. Smith, Jr., Administration Building

11th Floor, 160 North Main, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 9, 2020

Courtney Tipper

Interim Public Information Officer

Office: 901.222.2322

Mobile: 901.481.3422

 

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR LEE HARRIS URGES SHELBY COUNTY DELEGATION TO CHANGE STATE LAWS TO EXPAND PROTECTIONS FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS 


MEMPHIS, TN – Today, Mayor Lee Harris sent a letter to the Shelby County delegation of state legislators asking that they consider legislation to protect senior citizens and permanently disabled citizens who reside in nursing homes amid the current public health emergency. Shelby County has had COVID-19 outbreaks at 20 long term care facilities, many of which are nursing homes, or include nursing home care. In the letter, Mayor Harris cites legislative changes dating back over a decade that has made it substantially more difficult to hold nursing home owners accountable. Furthermore, he expresses his concern with proposed legislation that is being drafted that would substantially expand legal immunity for nursing home owners. Mayor Harris asks the Shelby County delegation to consider nine specific actions including extending the statute of limitations for nursing home claims due to families’ inability to discover injuries while visitation has been prohibited.

Mayor Lee Harris: “We have too many outbreaks at nursing homes in our state and this problem begs for a state solution. Our nursing home residents have little to no control over their environments. Their families are often barred from visiting or getting timely updates. This creates real risks and I believe we all have an obligation to protect these residents.”

Read Mayor Harris’ full letter to members of the Shelby County delegation here.

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