Missouri’s governor says an external review of state veterans homes is taking place, following the deaths of dozens of veterans from COVID-19. Governor Mike Parson emphasizes that he acted immediately when he saw a spike in COVID deaths at the veterans homes, which raised red flags.
The Missouri Veterans Commission says 56 veterans from veterans homes have died from COVID, since September 1. 25 of those deaths were in Cape Girardeau, 13 in southwest Missouri’s Mount Vernon and 12 at the St. James Veterans Home. The Veterans Commission has obtained additional staffing and resources from the federal government, to assist the Cape Girardeau and St. James homes.
Three deaths and upwards of 30 cases have been reported at the Cameron Veterans Home after a COVID spike there.