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68 dead from coronavirus at Massachusetts facility for veterans

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In Massachusetts, 68 people have died from the coronavirus in a veterans care facility, marking the deadliest reported outbreak in a long-term care center in the nation.

Death numbers are still rising at the state-operated Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and federal investigators are examining if residents were granted proper medical attention, according to The Associated Press.

At the same time, a top state prosecutor is determining whether legal action should be taken after reports that the facility is short of staff.

The AP reported that 82 other residents reportedly have the virus, while 81 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Nursing homes have been hot spots for COVID-19, as elderly people have been particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. 

News of multiple deaths at such facilities have emerged across the country, including in an initial outbreak in Washington state. 

The AP reported that the Holyoke facility’s superintendent, Bennet Walsh, has been placed on administrative leave. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is also launching an investigation with outside attorneys to find out “what went wrong at this facility and determine if legal action is warranted,” the AP added.

Tags Coronavirus Geriatrics Holyoke, Massachusetts Long-term care Nursing home care

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