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FRAMINGHAM – A resident and two staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, said Saint Patrick’s Manor Administrator Sister Maureen D. McDonough.

“The safety and health of our residents and employees remains our top priority.  As such, Saint Patrick’s Manor continues to follow all CDC, Department of Health and CMS guidance as it pertains to containing and managing the COVID-19 virus,” said McDonough.

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“Several residents and employees began to show symptoms associated with COVID-19 and were tested,’ she said. “In Massachusetts, the National Guard is assisting with resident testing.”

Members of the National Guard were on site at the central Street facility today, April 10.

“We had one resident,  test positive for COVID-19, they are now out of quarantine,” said McDonough.

“We have had two staff members report positive results for COVID-19 and they are quarantining,” said McDonough.

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“All infection control protocols for isolation and quarantine issued by CDC and the Department of Health are in place and closely monitored.  We are actively monitoring our residents and employees for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are working with local and state health department,” said the administrator for St. Patrick’s Manor.

“Saint Patrick’ s Manor remains diligent in the management of this situation and will keep our residents, families and employees updated as needed,” said Sister McDonough. “We ask for your continued prayers for all who are in this crisis.”

Located at 863 Central Street, St. Patrick’s Manor provides long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, memory care, Alzheimer’s care and transitional care

Both Shillman House in Nobscot and Mary Ann Morse at Heritage, also in the Nobscot section of the City has had positive cases, too.

Shillman House reported a death of one of its residents today from COVID-19.

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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.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.