Town health director: Golden Pond down to single active case of COVID-19

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Hopkinton Health Department director Shaun McAuliffe, appearing on the Select Board Zoom meeting Tuesday night, reported that the Golden Pond assisted living facility is down to one active case of COVID-19.

The facility had an outbreak of the disease last month, with a peak of 55 residents testing positive, McAuliffe said. McAuliffe previously stated eight Golden Pond residents passed away after being diagnosed.

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“I applaud Golden Pond for rising to the occasion and getting to where they are at,” McAuliffe said. “They’re a success story right now.”

McAuliffe also noted that his department tested about 100 residents at the Fairview Estates retirement community on East Main Street last Thursday and no one tested positive. The one individual who previously had tested positive there has recovered. And he said the town’s two other “high-density facilities” — the apartment complexes Windsor (off Lumber Street) and Woodview (Legacy Farms) — also are doing well.

“Everybody that we’re working with has been very responsive,” McAuliffe said. “We’ve been able to implement some good, solid practices.”

Overall, the town currently is reporting nine active cases. McAuliffe said there has been a slight increase, likely due to residents returning to their workplaces, becoming lax on social distancing, and welcoming back college students who had remained in apartments for the remainder of the spring semester.

Select Board chair Brendan Tedstone said the situation in Framingham, where he works at an assisted living facility, is much more serious, and he gave McAuliffe credit for his handling of the situation in Hopkinton.

“It shows what a great job you guys are doing proactively to take the tip off the spears,” he said.

McAuliffe said the town has “a lot to be proud of.”

“It’s evident in Hopkinton we have taken this seriously, and we’re faring better than a lot of communities in our region,” McAuliffe said.

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