As the number of coronavirus cases and fatalities at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities continues to rise, Gov. Charlie Baker focused much of his daily press conference on the state’s efforts to support residents of those facilities and their families, as well as employees.
“We are intensely focused on mitigating the spread of illness in our senior living facilities,” Baker said, adding that “these facilities — not just here in Massachusetts, but everywhere — are highly vulnerable settings for COVID-19.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, 530 COVID-19 deaths had been reported in long-term care facilities in Massachusetts, and 4,163 residents and employees of the facilities had tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition, 222 long-term care facilities in the state had at least one case of COVID-19.