The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is investigating a veterans home in Massachusetts where over two dozen residents died after testing positive for coronavirus. The Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will conduct a joint review into whether the residents have been deprived of their rights to medical care at the facility. “It would be difficult to overstate our obligation to the health and well-being of elderly and disabled military veterans and, by extension, to their families. The federal Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act specifically protects the rights of those confined in state facilities like the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. According to CBS Boston, 32 veteran residents have died as of Thursday, 28 of whom tested positive for the coronavirus. In total, 69 residents have tested positive, as have 68 staff members.  The situation at Holyoke was dire even before the pandemic struck. According to the latest inspection report from August 2019, Medicare.gov gave the facility one out of five stars overall, meaning they performed “much below average.” The facilities staff was also rated as “much below average,” the health inspection rating was “below average,” and the facility was


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