Editor’s Note: This report was updated at 2:07 p.m. after a second email from St. Patrick’s Administrator Sister Maureen McDonough. Email at 12:08 p.m. from Sister Maureen to SOURCE said “As of this morning about 11 we are up to 20.” Second email at 1:57 p.m. had new updated numbers for Saint Patrick’s Manor and the SOURCE report has since changed.
FRAMINGHAM – Seventeen residents and 6 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, said Saint Patrick’s Manor Administrator Sister Maureen D. McDonough in an email to SOURCE this afternoon, April 19.
Another dozen residents are awaiting test results, said McDonough.
“We continue to be transparent and are in daily contact with the Department Public Health,” wrote Sister Maureen.
“As you know, the COVID-19 is a fluid situation. Our current status: 17 residents tested positive, 12 resident results pending,” said the Sister in an email to SOURCE just before 2 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Due to the updated email, the SOURCE headline and report has been updated as of 2:07 p.m.
“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, in a statement on April 10, when SOURCE published one resident and two staffers had tested positive for the coronavirus.
When several residents and employees began to show symptoms associated with COVID-19, the Massachusetts National Guard was brought to the Central Street facility in Framingham for testing. Members of the National Guard were on site on April 10.
“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, back on April 10.
“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
Saint Patrick’s manor in Framingham is not the only nursing, senior, or long-term facility with many positive cases.
Carlyle House on Water Street also had one positive case.
AARP Massachusetts sent a letter to the Massachusetts Governor this month seeking the names of senior facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases made public.
The legislature is expected to act on a bill this week.
“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.