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Holyoke Soldiers’ home receives 4,000 masks 

  • An ambulance arrives at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/18/2020 3:30:01 PM

HOLYOKE — Residents and staff at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the nation at a longterm care facility has taken place, will benefit from 4,000 KN-95 masks donated by a Newton-based oncology drug company.

On Sunday, U.S. Congressmen Richard E. Neal and Joseph Kennedy III, joined by Dr. Michael Kauffman, the CEO of Karyophaem Therapeutics, delivered the masks that will help ensure the safety and well being of those who live and work there.

Neal said in a statement that the Soldiers’ Home is a special place.

“The residents there have served their country with honor and distinction, and their health and safety, along with that of the staff, has always been top priority,” Neal said.

Similarly, Kennedy expressed condolences to the families of the more than 70 veterans who have died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and hopes that the masks will help in dealing with the pandemic.

“We cannot save the veterans who lost their lives due to this outbreak, but we can ensure those still living in the home and the staff have the equipment necessary to protect their health and safety,” Kennedy said.


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