CHELMSFORD — Police Chief James M. Spinney reports to the community that members of the Massachusetts National Guard will deploy to a Chelmsford nursing home today to conduct widespread testing. This comes after significant discussion between Chelmsford leaders, administration at the facility and the Department of Public Heath, and at the request of staff at the facility.
Resources from the National Guard will arrive at the Palm center, located at 40 Parkhurst Road, later today after numerous residents tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the Chelmsford Health Department.
The deployment is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and does not suggest a wider danger in Chelmsford as a whole, health officials stress.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in its scale and spread,” Chief Spinney said. “We are fortunate to have great partnerships and excellent chains of communication among municipal first responders, our Chelmsford health department, state health officials and administrators at the Palm Center. The health and safety of our most vulnerable residents comes first for everyone.”
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and has led Governor Charlie Baker to declare a State of Emergency in Massachusetts and led to a formal request, which was granted by the federal government, for a Major Disaster Declaration in the Commonwealth.