COVID-19 Outbreak Kills More Than 70 Veterans Home Residents in New Jersey
At least 72 residents at the New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus have died from complications of the coronavirus, according to FOX News. In addition to the deaths, at least 113 of the 211 still living at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 1/4 of the 361 staff members at the home have been diagnosed, as well. The surge in cases prompted 2 state representatives to demand a federal inquiry.
“The whole place is sick now,” said Mitchell Haber, whose Army veteran father died at the New Jersey Veterans Home. “What they should really do is raze it and put a park there. It’s like a mass shooting.”
The New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus had 336 beds, and 285 occupants as of April 2020; the facility stopped admissions of new residents a month earlier to ensure it had enough space to isolate coronavirus patients.
Relatives said their loved ones were routinely brought to sit in common areas around the facility. Little or no information about the spread of COVID-19 was shared until deaths were reported, which prompted the National Guard to deploy medics to the home.
8 Residents of Washington Veterans Home Dead from COVID-19
At least 8 residents of the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Hospital in Spokane, Washington, have died from complications of coronavirus, according to KREM.
“Our veterans and family members are the heart of our Home, the very reason we exist,” said Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home. “The passing of a resident is a somber occasion, and our SVH family offers our condolences to the family and friends of our honored veterans.”
A total of 42 residents at the Spokane Veterans Home have tested positive for COVID-19, along with 23 staff members. A special coronavirus recovery wing has been established at the facility, and residents will remain in this quarantine area for 14 days as a precaution before moving back to their own room.
Coronavirus Kills 23 People in Alabama Veterans Home
Nearly 2 dozen people have died from coronavirus at an Alabama veterans nursing home, according to WVTM 13. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said the 23 deaths occurred at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City. The state-owned facility has a capacity of 150 residents, and at least 91 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Maine CDC Reports 15 New Cases of Coronavirus
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced at least 15 new coronavirus cases statewide, according to WMTW 8. The 15 new cases bring the total number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine to 1,477. One hundred and thirty-nine of those cases were classified as probable, CDC said.
8 Residents at Ohio Veterans Home Test Positive for COVID-19
At least 8 residents of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky have tested positive for coronavirus, according to NBC 24. After 4 residents at the facility came back positive for the virus, 78 more residents in the area were tested. The next day, 4 more tests were positive, and 1 came back negative. Officials says those 8 are receiving around-the-clock treatment.
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