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FRAMINGHAM – One hundred residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, according to its administrator Sister Maureen McDonough.

The new number was released today, May 5.

Since the pandemic began, seven residents at the Central Street facility have died from COVID-19.

SOURCE reported in April that more than 40 residents were positive. SOURCE emailed Sister McDonough numerous times who refused to respond to the news outlet’s emails for weeks.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts said the St. Patrick’s is licensed for 333 beds.

Also at St, Patrick’s Manor, 42 employees have tested positive for the virus. It is unknown how many employees work at the facility.

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

“The printed word cannot convey the sympathies and prayers we offer to the families and friends of the Residents who have passed away; please know that our community is grieving as well,” wrote Sister McDonough

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“The sadness of this moment is no doubt compounded by the inability of families to share normal visits with their loved ones in the past several weeks.  Our collective hearts break for every family member and resident who are missing the regular, in-person connections with their loved ones,” said the administrator to families today, May 5.

“These are truly unprecedented times; no member of the St. Patrick’s care teams and staff could have every anticipated operating under these challenging circumstances.  I want to offer a special word of appreciation for our staff,” said the administrator.

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“In addition to providing outstanding care, the compassion with which they offer personal support to our residents is nothing short of extraordinary.  They have offered gentle reassurance and constant support to all of our residents, with a particular tenderness to those nearing the end of their lives.  For all families of St. Patrick’s residents, please know that we are caring for your loved ones as though they are our own family,’ wrote Sister McDonough to families.

The Massachusetts National Guard twice was at the facility to test residents.

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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.