WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A total of 12 people have died in a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in northwestern Berkshire County.
In addition to those 12 deaths, 33 patients at the Williamstown Commons have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Berkshire Health Systems spokesperson Lisa Gaudet.
Gaudet said the first death was reported on March 24th and the majority of the deaths occurred between last week and this week. She said that all residents are under isolation.
Gaudet confirmed that all residents at The Williamstown commons have been tested for COVID-19, but they are still waiting for the results. The results of the tests should be ready within a day or two.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on these types of centers all over the nation.
Jessica Carpinello of Williamstown told 22News, “There’s a lot of elderly people coming in and out, people visiting and you don’t know if a family member visiting could have brought it in because they don’t know they have it.”
Gaudet said this does not apply to the Williamstown Commons, but the Massachusetts Senior Care Association said many of these types of facilities have been lacking personal protection equipment.
The Massachusetts Senior Care Association launched a website for donations of PPE for nursing home staff fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.