Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 21:00 am

Lawyer for former head nurse at Holyoke Soldiers' Home defends decisions made in thick of COVID-19 outbreak

Lawyer for former head nurse at Holyoke Soldiers' Home defends decisions made in thick of COVID-19 outbreak
Vanessa Lauziere, a nurse for 24 years, was among those forced to resign as the decision-maker behind combining two dementia units in a bid to contain the coronavirus at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Mass.

“The analogy I like to use is that the building was on fire and they were given a cup of water,” Olanoff said during an interview on Wednesday, the first public statement on Lauziere’s behalf.In keeping with his “cup of water” comparison, Olanoff said neglect could be argued if Soldiers’ Home leaders dumped the cup out on the sidewalk.Olanoff said the clinical team — which included former Medical Director Dr.Olanoff said Lauziere is a witness in the AG’s case.

She was never considered a target and has been granted immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for her testimony before a grand jury, Olanoff said.“The Pearlstein report had one line in it that said: ‘They should have just sent all of them to a hospital,’” Olanoff said.

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