More than a dozen residents and a number of staffers at a state-run residential facility for veterans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to state Veterans' Services Secretary Jon Santiago.
Fifteen residents and nine staff members of the Veterans' Home in Chelsea have tested positive since the first case was reported last Wednesday, according to a statement by Santiago.
“I wish those infected a speedy recovery and want to express my gratitude to all those who are working to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and staff,” he said.
The state's Department of Public Health deployed its rapid response team to help the staff at the Veterans' Home on Friday.
“The Chelsea Veterans’ Home staff is committed to providing a secure environment for our residents and staff,” said Robert Engell, the home's acting superintendent. “We are ensuring that all lines of communication remain transparent and accessible between our staff and relevant stakeholders and will continue to monitor the situation."
The facility experienced a deadly COVID outbreak early in the pandemic, during which 31 residents died.