Wednesday, May 6, 2020

First Veterans Home Covid19 Death

The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Department issued the following statement.
 It is with the deepest of sympathies that we share that one of our heroes at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko, who tested positive for COVID-19 died yesterday.

We offer our sincerest condolences to his family and his loved ones during this difficult time.
After the first positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all residents and staff at the Kosciusko home were issued a COVID-19 test.  Of the 250 tests including staff and residents, 19 residents have tested
positive as well as 12 staff members. All 12 staff members are at home recovering.

At this time, less than 10 tests are pending results at the Mississippi Department of Health lab.

All COVID positive residents are currently isolated to one wing of the veterans home in Kosciusko. There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 at any of the other three Mississippi State Veterans Affairs homes in Collins, Jackson or Oxford.

MSVA continues to strictly follow enhanced infectious disease protocols, including increased cleaning frequency, ceasing visitation, strictly screening staff upon entry to each facility, and mandated use of required PPE. MSVA has also continued to stay in close connection with federal, state and VA partners during the pandemic to include the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi Department of Health, MEMA and state leadership.

MSVA continues to offer “virtual” and window visits to our veterans at each home to stay connected to family members during this difficult time.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very sad. Thank you to Executive Director Pickering and all the veteran homes staff. Amazing job keeping it out for this long. Thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

I pray there aren’t more deaths. COVID hits retirement homes hard. 31 staff and residents with positive confirmations and another 10 pending shows quite a bit of asymptomatic spread. They need to have retested everyone after another week just to be sure they got everyone quarantined.

Anonymous said...

10:35 - We can test everybody on this earth today and wait for results to come in three days later and half of them could become infected in the interim. Your suggestion does not hold water.

Anonymous said...

But in this case the home is locked down with the infected isolated from the healthy. A retest would catch any of the “healthy” that was exposed but hadn’t been infected long enough to give a positive result. If you don’t get them out the disease will just start over. Have a little compassion for those brave people who protected our country, we owe them that.

Anonymous said...

Even more than that recently tested positive at a nursing home in Clinton, but the state has tried to keep it quiet. Most of those residents were asymptomatic.

Anonymous said...

People need to consider the actual accuracy of the testing under the circumstances. Mississippi is notorious for being behind the ball when it comes to educating its population and implementing new science/technology, so we have to assume the techs in these labs are both underprepared and overwhelmed. We have to question whether a percentage of “asymptomatic” positives are actually false positives and that a certain percentage of negatives are actually positives. Both assumptions have to be considered, not just the one that fits your narrative.

Anonymous said...

@11:34, not sure what narrative you are pushing, but if MSDH is going to publish data regarding positive cases, it should at least be accurate/honest.

Anonymous said...

@1:38 You’re not sure which narrative I’m pushing because I’m not pushing one. I only pointed out potential issues that could affect the totals being reported by MSDH which anyone thinking critically should have been able to surmise.

To your point, MSDH is relying on and reporting data from testing it has received from labs, but their information is only as good as their source(s) which, for the reasons I mentioned, could be skewed one way or the other. I’m not arguing (and don’t believe) that any person or entity is knowingly misreporting or misconstruing test result counts, just that the counts may be off.

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