May 05, 2020

The Boston Herald: Markey, Warren seek veterans’ home probe as more coronavirus outbreaks emerge at nursing homes

Medford nursing home reports 54 deaths

U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for an investigation into the federal Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of veterans homes as coronavirus ravages long-term care centers.

Soldiers’ homes in Holyoke and Chelsea emerged early on as centers of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in Massachusetts. Eighty-four veterans have died at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home since March, and 80 residents and 81 employees have tested positive. Twenty-eight veterans who tested positive for coronavirus at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home have died, and 29 residents and 54 staff have been sickened.

But the struggle to stem the coronavirus tide stretches far beyond soldiers’ homes.

Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford has emerged as the latest major outbreak here, with Dr. Richard Feifer, chief medical officer for parent company Genesis HealthCare, announcing that 54 residents have died at the 224-bed facility and that 117 residents and 42 staff members have tested positive. Two employees have also died, though neither were known to have coronavirus.


Read the full story on The Boston Herald website here

By:  Lisa Kashinsky
Source: The Boston Herald