Baker called Holyoke Soldiers’ Home families
Says relatives felt Pearlstein report was accurate
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Friday that he has called every family who lost a loved one to COVID-19 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and reached about 80 percent of them.
The governor said many of the family members told him the report by Mark Pearlstein on what went wrong at the facility was very painful to read. “Many of them read the report and expressed to me how incredibly hard it was,” he said at a State House press conference. “It was hard for me to read the report.”The attorney for former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent Bennett Walsh on Thursday disputed a key contention in the Pearlstein report – that merging two dementia units was a key mistake in allowing the disease to spread.
Asked about the comment, Baker said he would let the report speak for itself. But he said he had discussed the report with many of the family members he had contacted. “Many believe that report to be accurate and I’m with them,” Baker said.