NATICK — Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center has reported a fourth resident has died from COVID-19.
Staff and families are reporting to SOURCE that more residents have tested positive for the virus, but the nursing facility & rehab center in Natick has not returned SOURCE’s emails since last week.
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.