Each man has been prosecuted in five cases, and the specific charges are against those who “fully or recklessly” caring for, allowing or causing bodily harm and abuse, neglect or abuse of the elderly or disabled.
Walsh’s attorney Tracy A. Miner said in an email he planned to plead innocent.
“It’s regrettable that the Attorney General is condemning the impact of the deadly virus that our state and federal governments couldn’t stop Bennett Walsh,” she said. “We were doing our best to help the veterans at the Holy York Soldier’s House, including asking for assistance from state officials and the National Guard who arrived too late,” added Walsh.
Dr. Clinton’s lawyer was not immediately able to seek an opinion.
Soldier’s House, State-run facilities Providing health care, hospice care and other assistance to veterans has been under investigation since the Attorney General’s Office became aware of “a serious problem with the Covid-19 infection control process” in early April.
The investigators focused on the March 27 incident. when Employees combined two dementia units with infected veterans and healthy residents to “increased asymptomatic veterans exposure to the virus,” the Attorney General’s Office said.
Due to the lack of manpower, the facility has united units with a total of 42 residents of different positions, the office said. Residents, positive or symptomatic, typically placed 6 in a room with 4 veterans.
Residents, believed to be asymptomatic, said nine beds in the dining room were placed “a few feet from each other” next to a room with an infected patient.
The Office of the Attorney General said, “The residents of the integration department argued that they were intermingled with each other regardless of Covid-19 status, and from an infection control point of view, this decision was reckless and asymptomatic veterans were called Covid-19.