LITTLETON, MASS. (WHDH) - The Massachusetts National Guard will be dispatched to a Littleton senior living facility on Friday after five residents died from coronavirus complications, according to town officials.
On Wednesday, Littleton Fire Department and Board of Health Director James Garreffi accused the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley of failing to cooperate with the health agents who responded to the facility after a resident and employee were diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a joint release issued by half a dozen town officials.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, including those here in Littleton, and our best wishes are with those who have been sickened by this terrible disease,” officials said in a release issued on Thursday.
Emergency crews have been called to the assisted living facility 18 times over the past five days and have transported 17 patients who were reportedly in serious condition to area hospitals.
In a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Garreffi claimed that he was “stonewalled” by officials at the Life Care Centers when he tried to identify close contacts of the person who tested positive.
On Thursday, town officials confirmed that the National Guard would be on the scene starting Friday to conduct extensive testing on the staff and remaining residents.
“It is our sincere hope that the actions taken today will save lives and further ensure that those vulnerable members of our communities under long-term care, will be protected as much as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release read.
Life Care issued a statement saying they are working to follow all the relevant public health guidelines and that they instituted a no visitor policy back in March.
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