(CAMERON, Mo.) The coronavirus continues to claim the lives of veterans in Missouri’s state-run homes.
Five more veterans were reported to have died with COVID-19 since Nov. 10, bringing the total number of veterans’ deaths related to the disease to 37, officials said.
The outbreak at Cameron, which was first reported in October, also resulted in at least 26 veterans testing positive for the virus, plus 14 staff members with positive cases, with the Missouri Veterans Commission reporting a total of 49 staff members cases since Sept. 1. MVC spokesperson Jamie Melchert provided these case numbers on Nov. 5 but said Thursday he did not have updated numbers on positive cases at the facility.
The virus has wreaked havoc in each of MVC’s seven homes since September and has killed a total of 109 veteran residents. Here is a breakdown of residents deaths by facility:
- Cameron: 37 veteran deaths
- Cape Girardeau: 29 veteran deaths
- Mexico: 5 veteran deaths
- Mt. Vernon: 9 veteran deaths
- St. James: 22 veteran deaths
- St. Louis: 1 veteran death
- Warrensburg: 7 veteran deaths
In a statement, Melchert said the top priority remains the health and safety of the veterans and workers who care for them.
He said workers at the homes have been following recommendations from state and local health officials and continue to do health screenings of staff and residents, maintain social distancing, wear face coverings, use gloves, and gowns, and perform thorough cleaning and disinfection.
This article has been updated. An earlier version misspelled MVC spokesperson's name and has been corrected from Jaime to Jamie.