Some of the most heartbreaking impacts of the pandemic came in Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities. State data shows roughly a third of the reported coronavirus deaths in the state were related to these facilities.

Now, some state lawmakers are supporting a measure that would protect them from most COVID-related lawsuits.

NBC 6 Investigators found the move could impact local lawsuits filed during the pandemic.

According to the Florida Department of Health, 74 people died after testing positive for the virus at the Hialeah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – more than any other facility in the state. At some point in 2020, the facility had more than 240 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Like in other senior care facilities, families could not visit for months.

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