Since late January, there have been no coronavirus cases found among residents in Missouri’s seven veterans’ homes.
A press release from the Missouri Veterans Commission says daily COVID-19 testing protocols have been used for all staff and veterans, along with continual infection control training. The commission says it has created a phased reopening approach based on real-time monitoring of the coronavirus in each home and each community’s rate of positive cases. Additionally, the commission says the homes have been complying with infection control guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and the state.
The Missouri Veterans Commission is once again accepting applications for new residents. Due to the pandemic, new admissions had not been allowed since March 2020.
Last year, a coronavirus outbreak within the state-operated nursing homes claimed the lives of at least 158 veterans.