New Coronavirus Deaths at Mass. Soldiers' Home Brings Total to 32

Six others at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home also died but tested negative for the novel coronavirus

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State health officials on Sunday announced one new coronavirus related death at a home for U.S. veterans in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The number of veteran deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home has now climbed to 38, with 32 testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

State health officials said a total of 88 veteran residents have also tested positive for the disease, as have 78 employees.

This comes after the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts announced a joint investigation Friday to determine whether the residents were denied adequate medical care, one of several investigations into the facility in the wake of the outbreak.

Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, was placed on administrative leave as a result of the deaths.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the field hospital being built to house non-critical coronavirus patients at Worcester's DCU Arena and discussed the investigation into the coronavirus deaths at a soldiers' home in Holyoke.
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