A $6.2 million settlement has been reached in litigation over a viral outbreak that caused 11 fatalities and 25 others to be sickened in a rehabilitation center for chronically ill children. The settlement covers 13 children, including seven who died, after a 2018 outbreak of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey. Other lawsuits have been filed regarding the other children who died or got sick.

Since adenovirus, like COVID-19, is transmitted by respiratory droplets, the Wanaque case could be a dress rehearsal of sorts for pending litigation over the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes.