Stars and Stripes 07 Jan, 2021 23:45 am

7,000 VA patients have now died of coronavirus

7,000 VA patients have now died of coronavirus
The VA reported 7,099 total deaths Thursday and nearly 16,000 active coronavirus cases. Only seven days into the new year, January is already on pace to be the agency’s deadliest month.

7,000 VA patients have now died of coronavirus Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.WASHINGTON – More than 7,000 Department of Veterans Affairs patients had died of the coronavirus as of Thursday – equating to about 24 people killed each day since the first veteran’s death in March.About 1,300 VA patients died of the virus in December, and the year ended with 6,500 dead VA patients.Deaths and cases are increasing at the same time the department is working to vaccinate its health care staff and most vulnerable patients.

The VA’s data on cases and deaths does not include all veterans in the United States, nor does it include the hundreds of deaths that have occurred at 162 state-run veterans’ homes.Because of a bill signed into law this week, the VA is required to publicize coronavirus deaths and cases at state-run veterans’ homes for the first time by Feb.

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