Federal investigation underway into veteran deaths at Mass. nursing home

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (NEWS10) — An investigation is underway at a nursing home for veterans in Massachusetts after several residents died.

The investigation will look into the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, near Springfield, and whether they failed to provide adequate medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Thursday night, the death toll at the nursing home was 32.

This comes after one of those veterans was laid to rest this week. Albert St. Peter was buried with full military honors with National Guard members standing six feet apart during the service.

“They did not want this man to go to rest alone so they had a beautiful military honor service there,” Joe Pasternak, funeral director at Williamsburg Funeral Home, told 22News. “The flag was presented to his nurse that was in care of Albert. It was heart-touching.”

As of Thursday, 69 veteran residents have tested positive for the virus. Sixty-eight staffers have also tested positive for COVID-19.

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