11 Veteran Residents Have Died At The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke


At the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 11 veteran residents have died. Five of the vets who died tested positive for COVID-19 and test results for five others is still pending.

Other residents at the home and some staff have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a tweet Governor Charlie Baker said, “As someone who has visited the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on many occasions to catch up with staff and residents, I am heartbroken by today’s news. The loss of these residents to COVID-19 is a shuddering loss for us all.

Bennett Walsh, the superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home has been placed on leave and Val Liptak, CEO of Western Massachusetts Hospital, will assume responsibility.

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