16 residents of Newton assisted living facility die of complications from COVID-19

NEWTON, Mass. — 16 residents of The Falls at Cordingly Dam, an assisted living facility in Newton, have died as a result of complications from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Benchmark Senior Living, the facility’s owner.

In addition to the residents who passed away, 30 others and 28 employees also tested positive for COVID-19.

“We extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to all the families who have lost loved ones as well as the associates who cared so deeply for these residents,” a Benchmark spokesperson told Boston 25 News.

The spokesperson said testing was made available to all residents the week of April 4.

“We have been in contact with residents at the community who have tested positive or have had high exposure to someone who has,” the spokesperson added. “We have also notified their families and will continue to provide them with ongoing updates on their loved ones.”

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said the city is working with the Falls to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Fuller said the city’s public health nurses continue to connect regularly, often daily, with leadership at other senior living facilities and similar housing entities as well.

“These settings where people live in close proximity have increased challenges in preventing transmission of COVID-19 and often have residents who are more vulnerable to severe complications,” Fuller wrote in an email to residents. “We have provided these communities with guidance on protocols and staffing, helped them with accessing testing and personal protective equipment, and connected them with state agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.”

At least 12 Newton residents had died from COVID-19.

As of April 12, 330 Newton residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 45% of the infected residents live in Newton nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

“This is a devastating time for the families and loved ones of those who have fallen ill and have died as well as those who are worried for loved ones,” Fuller added. “Together we share our deepest sympathies and continue our efforts as a whole community to fight this fight.”

378 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported at long-term care facilities in Massachusetts, according to data the state health department released April 13. 3,466 residents and healthcare workers at 201 long-term care facilities statewide have also tested positive for the disease.