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VA ends 2020 with more than 6,500 coronavirus deaths and 150,000 infections

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More than 6,500 Veterans Affairs patients died from coronavirus complications this year and more than 151,000 were infected as part of the global pandemic, according to data released by the department. Most of those cases came in the fall of 2020, as coronavirus numbers spiked throughout much of the U.S. Although the pandemic began in […]

VA ends 2020 with more than 6,500 coronavirus deaths and 150,000 infections

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More than 6,500 Veterans Affairs patients died from coronavirus complications this year and more than 151,000 were infected as part of the global pandemic, according to data released by the department. Most of those cases came in the fall of 2020, as coronavirus numbers spiked throughout much of the U.S. Although the pandemic began in […]

Coronavirus deaths among VA patients top 3,500 this week as number of cases slowly increases

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The number of active coronavirus cases among Veterans Affairs patients continued to slowly rise in recent days as the total number of deaths from the virus among department patients rose above 3,500 this week. As of Tuesday evening, VA reported 3,641 active cases of the virus, an increase of 7 percent in the last week […]

Coronavirus deaths among Veterans Affairs patients rising in August

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Coronavirus deaths among Veterans Affairs patients have increased steadily in recent weeks, putting the department on track for its most monthly fatalities from the fast-spreading sickness since the height of the pandemic in the spring. As of Monday evening, at least 2,448 VA patients had died from coronavirus complications in the last five months, with […]

VA patient deaths from coronavirus hit 1,200, but leaders see progress

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Veterans Affairs leaders declared that their coronavirus response in recent months has been a “great success,” with active case numbers falling and department hospitals beginning to resume normal operations. But in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie added that department staff are still “routinely putting their lives on the […]

VA patient deaths from coronavirus hit 1,200, but leaders see progress

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Veterans Affairs leaders declared that their coronavirus response in recent months has been a “great success,” with active case numbers falling and department hospitals beginning to resume normal operations. But in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie added that department staff are still “routinely putting their lives on the […]

VA patient deaths rise, active coronavirus cases fall as department eyes return to normal operations

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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 […]

As coronavirus deaths rise, but cases drop, VA defends continued use of controversial drug

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Veterans Affairs officials said this week they’ll continue to use a controversial anti-malarial drug in treatment for coronavirus patients despite medical studies showing significant health risks associated with the medicine. The decision, relayed to lawmakers by top VA officials, comes as active cases of the fast-spreading illness continue to drop at department hospitals but also […]

DoD coronavirus deaths spiked this week

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The Defense Department’s COVID-19 death toll jumped more than 18 percent this week, as five deaths brought the overall numbers to 32, according to data released Friday. Two civilians, two contractors and a dependent died this week, the first deaths since late April. While overall cases throughout the military and the department have slowed, the […]

As coronavirus deaths rise, but cases drop, VA defends continued use of controversial drug

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Veterans Affairs officials said this week they’ll continue to use a controversial anti-malarial drug in treatment for coronavirus patients despite medical studies showing significant health risks associated with the medicine. The decision, relayed to lawmakers by top VA officials, comes as active cases of the fast-spreading illness continue to drop at department hospitals but also […]