Reason For Optimism At Holyoke Soldiers' Home

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the first time since it was detected, there were no new deaths from COVID-19 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home reported over the weekend, and no reports of residents infected with the novel coronavirus for at least three days, according to state health officials.

Thus far, 71 residents at the home in western Massachusetts have died from the virus since March 21, when the first positive case was confirmed. An additional 12 residents have also died from different causes in the past five weeks, according to officials with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

The National Guard has been brought in, and there are four separate investigations into what happened at the Veterans Home, where 70 percent of the facility's residents have been infected anad a third of them have died, the worst coronavirus outbreak of any healthcare facility in the country.

To date, 59 percent of all deaths from COVID-19 in Massachusetts have occurred at long-term care facilities.

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