Second family files suit against Avalon Health Care for deadly COVID outbreak

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – A second family has filed a lawsuit against the outgoing operators…

Second family files suit against Avalon Health Care for deadly COVID outbreak

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – A second family has filed a lawsuit against the outgoing operators of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo.



a view of a house: Yukio Okustu State Veterans Home


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Yukio Okustu State Veterans Home

Lawyers for the family of William Zerfuss say he was one of the first residents at the nursing facility to die from coronavirus complications.



a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Family of William J. Zerfuss filed suit over the deadly outbreak.


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Family of William J. Zerfuss filed suit over the deadly outbreak.



a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Family of William J. Zerfuss filed suit over the deadly outbreak.


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Family of William J. Zerfuss filed suit over the deadly outbreak.

His family says the Korean War veteran had been a resident at the home since April.

Their lawsuit accuses the facility’s ousted operator, Avalon Health Care, of medical malpractice and negligence.

Hawaii News Now has reached out to Avalon Health Care for a response.

A wrongful death lawsuit was previously filed on Sept. 30 by the family of Chris Drayer. He was the third veteran to die at the care home.

[Read a previous report: Family seeks answers on a father’s final days battling COVID-19 at veterans home]

This story will be updated.

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