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    An update and news concerning the virus in the VA hospital system.

    Deaths from coronavirus top 1,000 among Veterans Affairs patients
    The number of Veterans Affairs patients who have died from coronavirus complications rose to more than 1,000 this weekend, even as the number of active cases of the illness within the department’s medical system continued to decline.
    As of Monday morning, department officials had counted at least 1,012 patient fatalities from the fast-spreading illness. Along with veterans in VA medical care, that total includes some active-military personnel and other community members being cared for by VA hospitals.

    It does not include 30 VA employees who have died from the illness.

    More than 12,000 VA patients have contracted the COVID-19 virus since early March. That total has increased almost 11 percent in the last week alone.
    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/p...airs-patients/

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    Latest reports on the virus while the VA system attempts to return to normal operations.

    VA patient deaths rise, active coronavirus cases fall as department eyes return to normal operations
    The number of coronavirus deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals continues to climb even as the number of active cases among the department’s patients continues to drop steadily, according to the latest data released by federal officials on Wednesday.
    At least 1,082 VA patients and 30 department employees have died from complications related to fast-spreading virus in the last three months.
    The patient death total is up almost 14 percent in the last week, and has more than doubled since early May. Three VA sites in or near New York city — in Brooklyn, the Bronx and East Orange, N.J. — have accounted for 248 deaths alone.
    Fourteen separate medical centers have seen more than 20 deaths from the virus.

    Even as the deaths have risen, however, the number of active coronavirus cases in VA care has seen a drop. As of Wednesday morning, officials reported 1,771 cases spread across 138 facilities, a decrease of 25 percent in the last week alone.
    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/p...al-operations/

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    Regardless of what Trump recommends, I still believe in the studies and the advice of the medical staff. Don't use hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.
    The VA has released information on patients treated with that drug.

    U.S. veterans agency has given hydroxychloroquine to 1,300 coronavirus patients
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has treated 1,300 coronavirus patients with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which a study has tied to an increased risk of death, according to a document released by a Senate Democrat on Friday.
    Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who received the information from the VA in response to questions he submitted on the issue, said he was “deeply troubled” by the data.
    A study published on Friday in the medical journal Lancet tied the drug to an increased risk of death in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
    In April, doctors at VA itself also said hydroxychloroquine did not help COVID-19 patients and might pose a higher risk of death.
    The VA, which provides care to 9 million veterans, said that about 1,300 coronavirus patients who received the drug are among more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients it has treated.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN22Y2UA

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    Seems to be a large backlog of disability claims. They have doubled over the last 6 months with the blame being placed on the virus.

    Veterans disability exams to resume at some sites as backlog hits 114,000, nearly doubling in six months
    Veterans Affairs officials announced they will resume in-person compensation and pension exams at 20 department medical centers in coming weeks in an effort to bring down a backlog of benefits cases which has grown substantially since November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    The exams backlog currently sits at 114,000 cases, up from 65,000 in November 2019.
    The news came just a day after lawmakers and veterans advocates expressed concern that department leadership hasn’t done enough to inform veterans about their plans to handle benefits cases stalled in recent months, as in-person exams were banned in almost all cases.
    Compensation and pension exams are often required after veterans file disability claims to verify their medical conditions and help evaluators set individuals’ disability rating. In early April, in response to concerns about coronavirus, VA officials halted the exams along with numerous other face-to-face non-emergency appointments. Department leaders promised veterans benefits claims would not be penalized by the delays, and cases needing the medical reviews would be handled at a later date.
    How did the backlog double if the VA only stopped exams in early April ? The story claims the cases have doubled since November. Something doesn't sound right.

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/p...in-six-months/

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    It seems the White House, and those seemingly in charge, can't decide on a way to coordinate all agencies and operatives of our government to be on the same page.
    The VA has stated they will stop almost all use of hydroxychloroquine. Yet today, the White House talking head, Kayleigh McEnany strongly endorsed using the drug as a prevention.

    VA says it’ll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets for coronavirus
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19.
    At a House hearing, he defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified “to give them hope,” given few treatment options at the time. But Wilkie said that government-run VA hospitals have “ratcheted it down” — to just three prescriptions in the last week — as studies pointed to possible dangers and other possible treatments were brought online. “I expect that trend to continue in the future,” he added.

    President Donald Trump has heavily pitched the drug — even saying in recent days he had been taking it to prevent coronavirus infection — without scientific evidence of its effectiveness.
    According to the VA’s website, 13,657 veterans have been infected with the coronavirus, and 1,200 have died.

    Major veterans organizations had called on the VA to explain its use of hydroxychloroquine after an analysis of VA hospital data was published month showing hundreds of veterans who took the drug saw no benefit for COVID-19. About 28% of veterans who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone.
    https://www.militarytimes.com/vetera...r-coronavirus/

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    This is a state run Veterans Center medical facility with a controversy over the dozens that have died with the virus.

    Two top officials at Pa. veterans nursing home hit by 37 coronavirus deaths are suspended
    The head of the Pennsylvania-run Southeastern Veterans’ Center and a senior staffer there were placed on indefinite suspension Tuesday amid an investigation into operations at the nursing home where dozens have died from the coronavirus, according to a state senator and sources at the facility.
    Rohan Blackwood, the center’s commandant, and Deborah Mullane, the director of nursing, were asked to turn in their badges and escorted from the Chester County center Tuesday, the sources said.
    Blackwood and his senior staff have come under scrutiny in recent weeks after articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer about how the coronavirus tore through the 238-bed home in East Vincent Township. Leaders of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, which runs the home, have faced questions from state politicians and relatives of residents who died there.
    The Southeastern Veterans’ Center had been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, with at least 37 residents dying from the virus since April 4, according to Chester County Coroner Christina VandePol. Several relatives of residents said they were unaware of how widely the virus had spread — or that anyone had died there — until it was reported in The Inquirer on April 17.
    By then, at least 10 residents had died from coronavirus complications.
    The state’s five other veterans homes, including one in Philadelphia, appear to have kept the coronavirus out, or prevented it from spreading, according to internal reports and data released by the state.
    https://americanmilitarynews.com/202...are-suspended/

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