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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.
As someone who has visited the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on many occasions to catch up with staff and residents, I am heartbroken by today’s news. The loss of these residents to COVID-19 is a shuddering loss for us all.— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) March 31, 2020
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