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Farley-Bouvier Says Lack Of Testing Hides Larger COVID-19 Nursing Home Count

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3rd Berkshire State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

In Massachusetts, at least 140 long-term care facilities reported at least one case of COVID-19 as of Thursday, with over 1,200 residents and healthcare workers testing positive for the virus. Outbreaks are underway at two Berkshire Healthcare Systems-managed nursing homes, in Williamstown and Great Barrington, with at least 10 residents dead and dozens more with confirmed cases. 3rd Berkshire State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier is the vice chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. The Democrat spoke with WAMC about measures state leaders are taking to monitor and respond to the pandemic’s impact on the elderly.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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