AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Four residents at the Heritage Hall nursing home have died and multiple other residents and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Agawam Mayor William Sapelli, 57 residents at the nursing home and 12 employees have tested positive for the virus as of Thursday. There are five buildings at the facility, the outbreak happened at Heritage West.
Last week, officials from the Department of Public Health, Massachusetts National Guard, and the State Public Health Lab along with the Broad Institute of Cambridge launched a new testing program in nursing homes to allow in-facility testing of residents with COVID-19 symptoms.
“They had a 2 day turn around and what that allowed the facility to do was to make sure they had those with it and those not with it to separate them keep them in different wings and the staffing was in different wings and made sure the food service and the laundry that was separate,” said Mayor Sapelli.
Because of the program, all residents and staff have been tested, according to the mayor. He added that following CDC guidelines, all employees temperatures are being taken before they come into the nursing home facility.
On Thursday, the mayor announced that 76 town residents had also tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Agawam to 133.