Wilmington nursing home reports 7 dead; 73 out of 98 residents test positive for COVID-19

Officials said all seven residents who died were receiving end-of-life care prior to testing positive for the virus.

Wilmington, MA - 4/4/2020: AdviniaCare at Wilmington in Wilmington, MA on April 04, 2020. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter: Coronavirus Covid-19 (WILMINGTON, Mass. (April 3, 2020) – Pointe Group Care, LLC, operator of AdviniaCare at Wilmington, working in partnership with the Massachusetts Covid-19 Response Command Center and Partners HealthCare, today announced that it will delay its plans to temporarily designate the 142-bed skilled nursing facility as a Covid-19 recovery building. Test results for those slated to leave the facility revealed that 51 out of 98 were positive for the illness, while asymptomatic. )
AdviniaCare at Wilmington in Wilmington, MA on April 4, 2020. –Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Seven residents of AdviniaCare at Wilmington have died from COVID-19, and 73 of the nursing home’s 98 residents have tested for the virus as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Wilmington Health Department.

All seven residents who died were receiving end-of-life care before they tested positive, according to Point Group Care, LLC, which operates the home.

“Our thoughts are with the families who have lost a relative, and we are hoping for a speedy recovery for those who have tested positive, most of whom remain asymptomatic at this time,” Pointe Group Care COO Chris Hannon said in a statement.

Officials said they’re building efforts to obtain information and resources for staff and patients.

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“We are painfully aware of the ongoing situation at AdviniaCare in Wilmington, and join together in expressing our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and support for the families and residents of the facility who remain isolated from each other,” the officials said in a joint statement.

CareOne at Wilmington, another senior living facility in the area, has reported 13 positive coronavirus cases as of Thursday.

Numerous senior living facilities in Massachusetts continue to be impacted by the novel coronavirus.

In Newton, five residents of Benchmark Senior Living’s Falls at Cordingly Dam have died from COVID-19, while another 36 residents tested positive.

As of Wednesday, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Jack Satter House in Revere reported that eight residents have died from the coronavirus, seven are hospitalized, and another six tested positive.

Three veteran residents at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home have died from the virus. Another 27 veteran residents at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have also died as of Wednesday, 20 of whom tested positive.

As of Thursday, the Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center also reported that 36 residents tested positive. Seven more are awaiting testing results.

Five residents from the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton have died in the hospital while fighting the virus. Another 65 residents have tested positive.

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While senior living facilities across Massachusetts rush to address these outbreaks, Wilmington officials said they’re following suit for AdviniaCare.

“We have been closely monitoring the conditions at this location, and are intensifying our efforts to not only obtain accurate and timely information,” officials said in their statement, “but also to secure and coordinate the efforts of all relevant state and local agencies to provide any and all appropriate resources to support the health and safety of patients and staff at the site, regardless of the their health status, needs or COVID-19 diagnosis.”


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