There are 46 COVID-19 cases in Holden, a relatively low number given that Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is located there. Neither Holden Rehab nor Oakdale Rehabilitation in West Boylston, both owned and operated by Oriol Health Care, have any known or suspected COVID-19 cases. The town of West Boylston is reporting 26 cases.
“We are performing ongoing testing and have enlisted the National Guard to test all remaining residents and staff as an extra measure of precaution,” said Tara D’Andrea, administrator of Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.
Holden Rehabilitation, which D’Andrea said is the largest family-owned private employer in Holden, has 123 beds; Oakdale has 92. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the region in early March, D’Andrea said, proactive emergency preparedness and early implementation of strict processes at both facilities were put into place. Holden Rehab and Oakdale immediately halted all planned community programming and began restricting visitation.