Wrentham elevated to high-risk after nursing home outbreak, town says – WCVB Boston

Wrentham officials are urging the community to follow COVID-19 prevention guidance after a spike in cases, including at a nursing home.According to data shared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday, there have been 15 new positive cases of the virus in Wrentham over the past two weeks, a higher number of cases compared to the previous two weeks.Town officials said most of the current positive cases belong to one “cluster” of cases tied to a single nursing home. Officials at the Maples Rehabilitation Center say there are 14 residents and 12 staff members who currently have the virus.Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a family-owned and operated, 144-bed skilled nursing facility, said it has had “a rigorous infection control program in place since the beginning of the pandemic.”“Unfortunately, despite our tireless efforts, the virus reappeared in late August. Maples is currently caring for 13 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 12 of our staff members have tested positive and are out on quarantine,” the facility said in a statement. Wrentham Public Schools will continue following its hybrid learning model, and King Philip students will continue to follow a remote learning schedule.“We feel it’s imperative residents know that these cases are tied to one cluster in one facility; however, we are taking these numbers very seriously and are urging everyone, please, to closely follow COVID-19 guidance to protect themselves and others,” Town Administrator Kevin Sweet said.

Wrentham officials are urging the community to follow COVID-19 prevention guidance after a spike in cases, including at a nursing home.

According to data shared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday, there have been 15 new positive cases of the virus in Wrentham over the past two weeks, a higher number of cases compared to the previous two weeks.

Town officials said most of the current positive cases belong to one “cluster” of cases tied to a single nursing home. Officials at the Maples Rehabilitation Center say there are 14 residents and 12 staff members who currently have the virus.

Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a family-owned and operated, 144-bed skilled nursing facility, said it has had “a rigorous infection control program in place since the beginning of the pandemic.”

“Unfortunately, despite our tireless efforts, the virus reappeared in late August. Maples is currently caring for 13 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 12 of our staff members have tested positive and are out on quarantine,” the facility said in a statement.

Wrentham Public Schools will continue following its hybrid learning model, and King Philip students will continue to follow a remote learning schedule.

“We feel it’s imperative residents know that these cases are tied to one cluster in one facility; however, we are taking these numbers very seriously and are urging everyone, please, to closely follow COVID-19 guidance to protect themselves and others,” Town Administrator Kevin Sweet said.