Missoula women allege assisted living facility misled public about COVID

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Tamra Hatch holds a picture of her father, Wayne Hatch, who died as a result of a COVID complication while a resident of Beehive Homes.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian David Erickson

Two Missoula women vigorously dispute a local assisted living facility’s claim this summer that all residents who contracted COVID were asymptomatic and allege that the company is more interested in covering up outbreaks and bolstering its image.

In fact, they say, their father had fairly severe symptoms and died within 10 days of contracting the virus in the facility.

Wayne Hatch, 93, was a resident of Beehive Homes, an assisted living facility in Missoula. He was vaccinated, but contracted COVID on July 4, and died on July 14 from complications due to COVID, according to his obituary.

His death certificate lists the first cause of death as congestive heart failure, which he had for 1.5 years. His second cause of death was ischemic cardiopathy, which he had for 40 years. Under “other significant conditions,” the certificate lists “COVID-19 positive

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