ASHLAND – Five residents from the Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare facility, who were transported by Ashland firefighters to Framingham Union Hospital in the past couple of days, have all tested positive for the COVID-19, said Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert to SOURCE.
The Ashland Town Manager also confirmed that one staffer at the 52,000 square foot healthcare facility on the Ashland-Hopkinton line has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the last week, additional residents from the 52,000 facility which provides individuals with orthopedic, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services in private and semi-private rooms have been transported to MetroWest Medical Center by private ambulances. It is unknown at this time if any of those residents have tested positive for the virus.
The news media outlet contacted The CEO of Laxmi Corporation yesterday during the 3 o’clock hour and has called and emailed the Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare facility in Ashland for a statement. No one has returned phone calls or emails.
Herbert said someone from the facility has been in touch with the Ashland Fire Department and the Town of Ashland.
In 2016, Indira Desai, president and CEO of Laxmi Corporation and Resident Care Rehabilitation & Nursing Care opened the 103-bed Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare facility at 250 West Union Street in Ashland.
The 52,000 square foot healthcare facility on the Ashland-Hopkinton line provides individuals with orthopedic, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services in private and semi-private rooms
The 4-story facility also provides long-term care unit for residents who are no longer able to manage on their own.
AARP Massachusetts sent a letter to the Massachusetts Governor this week seeking the names of senior facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases made public.
2Life Communities have been very public releasing this information during the crisis.
“We urge Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health to release publicly the names of nursing facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases,” wrote AARP Massachusetts on behalf of its 775,000 AARP members in Massachusetts.
“Contrary to concerns that such disclosures would violate a patient’s health privacy, we do not believe HIPAA precludes a state health agency from releasing the names of facilities because a facility is not a covered entity as defined by federal law. We believe transparency and notice to the public is critical for public health,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.
“Moreover, caregivers and family members need and deserve to have this information for their own health decisions and as they consider possible next steps and interventions for their loved ones,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.