Veterans home

The Cameron Veterans Home took precautions and closed to visitors in March when the pandemic first was a threat to the state. Within the last month there has been a jump in deaths and cases within the homes in the state.

There has been an increase in deaths and cases inside Missouri Veterans Homes.

Gov. Mike Parson, R-Missouri, issued a review of the Missouri Veterans Homes earlier this month. As of , Saturday morning the Missouri Veterans Commission reported 63 COVID-19 deaths within the homes. 

As of an Oct. 2 news release by the Missouri Veterans Commission, the Cameron Veterans Home had four COVID-19 cases with two staff members and two residents testing positive. The Commission has now reported 5 deaths of veterans at the Cameron Home with 23 active cases with veterans within the home and 14 active cases within staff members, and 10 staff members have recovered. The commission said all those who have tested positive are isolated.

The commission is testing employees daily and using assistance from the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

The MVC commissioners selected Armstrong Teasdale, of St. Louis, as the outside firm which will be undertaking the external review of the Missouri Veterans Commission. MVC staff were informed of this selection on October 12 and the investigation has begun with staff interview at the Homes. No results are available at this time.

The home Cameron Veterans home is located in Clinton County. Clinton County Health Department administrator Blair Shock said he is not allowed to give specific location details of cases or deaths related to COVID-19.

In Clinton County there have been six total COVID-19 related deaths and 56 cases in the last seven days.

Shock said there is concern in the county regarding the capacity of rural hospital availability as hospitalizations are increasing across the region.

“If you look at the region in terms of hospitalizations, it’s the highest it’s been since the outbreak occurred, and a lot of these rural hospitals in terms of capacity is pretty small,” Shock said.

Shock said as of now patients with serious COVID-19 needs have gone to bigger hospital systems, but as those beds fill up there may be a need to use more rural hospital beds, which are limited.

“One thing you’ll find, not just with will with any hospital, whether it’s big or small, is they’re very flexible. And if there’s a problem to be solved, they’re going to solve it, you know, if if they need to figure out a way to add bed space, bed space,” Shock said.

Shock said personal protective equipment could become more of a concern for the county as the pandemic continues.

Clayton Anderson can be reached at clayton.anderson@newspressnow.com. Follow him on twitter: @NPNowAnderson.