Mass. lawmakers request additional review of Chelsea Soldier’s Home


Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for an impartial investigation into one other state-run troopers’ residence that had a lethal outbreak of the virus.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley despatched a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker Friday suggesting a evaluate of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home may assist save veterans’ lives and stop additional infections.

They mentioned the state’s just lately accomplished a evaluate of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the place 76 veterans died and 84 others have been contaminated in one of many worst nursing residence outbreaks within the nation, produced “useful findings and recommendations.”

The Republican governor introduced a collection of reforms this week after an investigation discovered Holyoke facility officers made “utterly baffling” selections throughout the pandemic, together with mixing contaminated and non-infected veterans in a dementia unit.

Warren, Markey and Pressley additionally requested the administration to confirm the variety of circumstances on the Chelsea facility. State officers say no less than 31 residents died from the virus and no less than 40 others have been contaminated on the residence.

The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the services, mentioned in a press release the Chelsea residence “comprehensively prepared for and aggressively responded to COVID-19.”