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More nursing homes report cases, deaths linked to COVID-19
Apr 03

BOSTON (AP) - Seven residents at a Massachusetts nursing home who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died, and at least three of those are attributed to complications from COVID-19, a facility official said Friday.

Twelve residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwood, said Vice President of Operations Chris Roberts. Some of the seven deaths were blamed on other health problems, he said.

The National Guard responded Friday to another nursing home in Littleton to test residents for COVID-19, town officials said in a statement.

They wrote in a release Wednesday that the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley failed to comply with "lawful and appropriate" instructions of the town's Board of Health after a staff member and a patient tested positive for COVID-19.

Nine residents and eight workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at the center, and one resident has died, Life Care Centers of America wrote in a press release, according to The Sun of Lowell.

The staff are trained in properly using personal protective equipment "and are following all relevant guidelines in infection control," the statement said. "They are putting in heroic efforts to ensure that our patients are receiving the best care."

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, pneumonia or death.

The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 rose to 154 Thursday, according to state health officials. Nearly 9,000 residents have tested positive and more than 800 have been hospitalized since the outbreak's start.

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SUPERMARKET LIMITS

Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Market Basket is limiting the number of customers allowed in a store at any one time to help maintain social distancing during the pandemic.

Each store with be limited to one entrance/exit and a store employee will direct foot traffic, the chain said in a tweet Thursday. Employees will also sanitize a shopping chart for each shopper.

Market Basket has 80 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

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CASINOS REMAIN CLOSED

The state's three casinos will remain closed until at least May 4, state gambling regulators announced Friday.

The continued shutdown of Encore Boston, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park in Plainville is in line with Gov. Charlie Baker's order to close nonessential businesses to help control the spread of the coronavirus, the state Gaming Commission said in a tweet.


By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019