MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A long-term care facility in Montana has been sued after health officials said its staff was negligent and allowed the coronavirus to spread through the facility in Whitefish earlier this year.

The Missoulian reported that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the estates of three residents at Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation who died from complications caused by COVID-19.

The lawsuit argued that at least 13 people died at the facility.

The county had 23 coronavirus-related deaths.

The lawsuit named the 100-bed long-term care facility and its administrator Reid Crickmore.

Crickmore did not respond to email or phone messages on Wednesday seeking comment.

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