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Two charged in deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Massachusetts veterans’ home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two former heads of a Massachusetts veterans home have been indicted on criminal neglect charges for their roles in handling a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 76 people, the state’s attorney general said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags are planted outside the Soldiers Home for the veteran residents who have died during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S., May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey said the criminal case against the former officials at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was believed to be the first yet linked to an outbreak at a U.S. nursing facility during the pandemic.

The case against former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton stemmed from a March decision to consolidate two dementia units, putting COVID-19 positive residents within feet of ones without symptoms, Healey said.

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Criminal charges filed against superintendent, former medical director at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

The superintendent and former medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home face criminal charges in connection with a Covid-19 outbreak at the veteran’s home earlier this year, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.



a building with a grassy area: An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.


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An American flag flies at half-mast outside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on April 29, 2020, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The nursing home for veterans in Massachusetts suffered a deadly Covid-19 outbreak in March and April. According to staff and union accounts shared with CNN, the home dealt with systemic issues like short staffing for years.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and former medical director David Clinton, 71, “for causing or permitting serious bodily injury or neglect of an elder during the Covid-19 outbreak,” Healey said.

They are each facing 10 counts: five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

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Scene Of Deadly Melrose Crash Getting Safety Improvements

MELROSE, MA — David O’Donnell always used the crosswalk in front of his Yankee Clipper barbershop on West Wyoming Ave.

That was the case on March 9, 2018, when O’Donnell emerged from in between two stopped cars driving westbound. A van driving eastbound — battling solar glare, according to a police crash report — wasn’t able to stop in time when O’Donnell took his next steps.

O’Donnell was 79. His life was taken from him in front of the barbershop he owned since he was 38.

Solar glare is a serious problem the driving eastbound on West Wyoming early in the day, as it is on many streets that run east and west. The westbound traffic backed up through the crosswalk is another issue; Patch found almost the exact scenario laid out in the crash report when it visited the intersection at West Wyoming and Berwick Street.

Now, nearly 1,000

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State to close nursing home after deadly COVID-19 outbreak

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FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, Newtown’s Mike Ricks (11) blocks Darien’s Sam Wilson (9) as the during the Class LL state high school football championship at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Conn. After the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference failed to convince state health officials in an early September 2020 meeting that it could mitigate the risk of players spreading the new coronavirus by using face shields and requiring other safety protocols, the organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut has once again voted to cancel the fall football season.

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Connecticut’s Department of Public Health has issued an emergency order that will close a Norwich nursing home where officials allege violations of COVID-19 protocols have led to several deaths.

Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said Wednesday’s unprecedented order to remove all 53 patients from Three Rivers Health Care Nursing Home came

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’48 Hours’ starts new season with a deadly home renovation

Deranged Granny (8 p.m., Lifetime) – In this new Lifetime movie, a psychotic woman goes to murderous lengths to protect her relationship with her new grandchildren.

Coastal Elites (8 p.m., HBO) – This new socially distanced comedy tells contemporary stories of characters breaking down and breaking through as they grapple with politics, culture and the pandemic. It stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Issa Rae, Kaitlyn Dever, Sarah Paulson.

James Patterson’s Murder Thy Neighbor (8 p.m., Investigation Discovery) – This new true crime series tells stories of quarrels between neighbors that turn deadly. It starts with three new episodes tonight.

48 Hours (10 p.m., CBS) – The new season starts with a story of a Florida home renovation project that turned into a nightmare. Authorities suspect that an expensive home renovation in Orlando may have led to the murder of Shanti Cooper, at the hands of her husband, David Tronnes.

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