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Sunrise resident, 82, happily on house arrest, COVID-style

EVERETT — Michael O’Donnell is on house arrest, COVID-19 style.

For two weeks, he is confined to his room at Sunrise View Retirement Villa and Convalescent Center. No tossing a football with his buds or lap time with his little poodle pal Cricket.

He’s not complaining.

“If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime,” said O’Donnell, 82. “I’m happy.”

He knew the consequences when he left Sunrise on Sept. 20, for an overnight road trip with three family members to Westport to go ocean fishing.

The risk of exposure meant he would have to quarantine for 14 days without his dog, who is staying with another Sunrise resident able to take her outside.

“I broke the rules,” he said.

Long-term care facilities must follow strict guidelines to avoid the spread of the coronavirus due to the close living quarters. To date, there have been 779 cases in county

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