Report: ‘Baffling’ errors at vets home amid deadly outbreak

  • FILE - This May 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Mass., where dozens of residents died from the coronavirus during the 2020 pandemic. An independent investigation released Wednesday, June 24, 2020, said the home’s leadership made “substantial errors and failures” as the disease began to spread. Massachusetts’ Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena told reporters he was asked to resign ahead of the release of the report. (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP, File)

The leadership of a home for aging veterans in Massachusetts where nearly 80 residents sickened with the coronavirus have died packed dementia patients into a crowded unit as the virus spread, one of several “utterly baffling” decisions that helped the disease run rampant, investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

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