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11 Veterans Die At Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Added 03-31-20 10:07:02am EST - “More than 20 coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the facility, and officials are rushing to do more tests, hoping to learn the full extent of the exposure.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “11 Veterans Die At Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts Amid COVID-19 Outbreak”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

More than 20 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at the Soldiers' Home In Holyoke, including at least five deaths. The nursing facility is about 90 miles west of Boston. Google Maps/ Screenshot by NPR hide caption

More than 20 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at the Soldiers' Home In Holyoke, including at least five deaths. The nursing facility is about 90 miles west of Boston.

Eleven veterans have died at a soldiers' home in Holyoke, Mass., where a COVID-19 outbreak is now threatening even more residents and staff. At least five of the people who died have tested positive for COVID-19; other tests are still pending in the case, which Gov. Charlie Baker calls "a shuddering loss for us all."

An additional 11 veterans and five staff members have also tested positive, raising the facility's overall total to more than 20 confirmed cases. More tests are under way to determine the scope of exposure to the coronavirus.

The Soldiers' Home In Holyoke's superintendent, Bennett Walsh, was placed on administrative leave Monday, according to member station WBUR.

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