The department's civil rights division announced on Friday that they have opened an investigation into the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state-funded facility about 90 miles from Boston, to see whether the facility had failed to provide adequate medical care generally and during the CCP virus pandemic. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts will also be involved in the probe.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling echoed Dreiband's comments, saying that they would "aggressively investigate recent events at the home" and would make the required changes to the facility to ensure patient safety in the future.
State officials said that the staff at the nursing home had not notified them about the first CCP virus deaths for at least half a week at the end of March.
Morse said he first learned about the deaths at the facility on March 27 and received anonymous tips from "folks affiliated with the Soldiers’ Home describing the conditions and the gravity of the situation" on March 28.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent Bennett Walsh, who has since been placed on paid administrative leave, refuted the officials' claim, saying that the facility had notified state officials on March 27 that 28 veterans had exhibited symptoms and two veterans had died.
The incident also caught the attention of lawmakers, who expressed concern over the potential further spread of the virus in other state-run nursing home facilities.