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.
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.
In a tribute to the victims,
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.
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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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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