Newton senior living facility is latest to be hit hard by virus, with 5 dead and 46 positive cases 

“We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to each resident’s family."

Five residents of an assisted living facility in Newton have died of complications linked to the novel coronavirus and dozens more have tested positive for the contagion, according to an email sent to residents' families Tuesday by the company that runs the facility.
Five residents of an assisted living facility in Newton have died of complications linked to the novel coronavirus and dozens more have tested positive for the contagion, according to an email sent to residents' families Tuesday by the company that runs the facility. –Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Five residents of Benchmark Senior Living’s Falls at Cordingly Dam in Newton have died from COVID-19, according to a Benchmark Senior Living spokesperson.

“We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to each resident’s family, and we remain committed to helping all our residents and associates through this tragic loss,” the assisted living facility said in a statement Tuesday.

After additional testing at the Falls at Cordingly Dam, officials reported Tuesday that 36 residents and 10 associates had tested positive with the coronavirus.  

“For residents at the community who tested positive or have had exposure to someone who has, we have notified their families and are committed to providing them with ongoing updates on their loved one,” Benchmark Senior Living said in a statement. “Protecting the health and safety of our residents and associates remains our top priority.”

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The facility said it has begun separating residents who have tested positive from those who haven’t, and is still exploring other ways to mitigate the spread. 

Officials said they’ve also established an operational center outside the community for additional support, and have directed all associates who aren’t feeling well to stay home or seek testing.

“We are deeply saddened by the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world’s senior population and those who care for them,” officials said. “It is well-documented by public health experts that older people and those with underlying medical conditions are particularly susceptible to this novel coronavirus. Because of this, a unique set of challenges has been posed to senior living communities.

“As we continue to navigate this unprecedented environment, the safety of our residents and associates remains our top priority,” they said.

The Newton senior living facility is one of many across the state to be impacted by the growing pandemic.

In Revere, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Jack Satter House reported that 21 residents have tested positive with the coronavirus as of Monday. Of those who tested positive, eight are in the hospital and seven have died.

As of Monday, 25 veteran residents at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, 18 of whom tested positive for COVID-19. Another three veteran residents at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home have died from the virus as well.

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In Williamstown, the Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center reported that 36 residents tested positive as of Thursday, and seven more are pending results.

At the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, five residents died in the hospital while fighting COVID-19. Another 65 residents have tested positive.

And at AdviniaCare at Wilmington, 51 out of the 98 residents at the nursing home had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, despite being asymptomatic.

Benchmark Senior Living promised to communicate as the situation evolves, and said they’re seeking out more testing for residents and staff. 

“Public health officials have said that more COVID-19 testing will inevitably reveal more positive cases, even among those who have not yet shown any symptoms,” Benchmark Senior Living said. “Only through community wide testing can we effectively isolate those cases, enhance our ability to contain the spread of the virus and ensure residents and associates receive appropriate care.”

Last week, state officials rolled out mobile teams to assist nursing homes with on-site testing, according to Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.



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