Over 80 older veterans have now died after a massive outbreak took place at a Massachusetts home for elderly veterans. As Fox News reports:
An additional 82 veterans and 81 employees have tested positive for the virus at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and federal officials are trying to determine whether residents were denied proper medical care as deaths continue to climb.
“It’s horrific,” said Edward Lapointe, whose father-in-law lives at the home and had a mild case of the virus. “These guys never had a chance.”
The outbreak has now claimed the lives of nearly one-third of all residents at the veterans’ home, with a new fatality being reported almost every day.
According to reports, a lack of staffing led to many employees traveling between units which helped to spread the virus within the facility.