Gov. Mike Parson and Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson drop in on veteran Richard Walker’s first visit with his wife Bonnie since March.

Cameron Missouri Veterans Home residents infected with COVID-19

Despite having a lockdown in place since March, COVID-19 finally found its way into the Cameron Missouri Veterans Home.

The Missouri Veterans Commission announced two veterans and two staff members contracted COVID-19.

“From the first day that COVID-19 was detected in Missouri, the Veterans Homes implemented an extensive plan based on best practices to attempt to keep the virus out of our homes and protect our veterans,” MVC Executive Director Paul Kirchhoff said. “This has included limiting access, setting up quarantine and isolation areas in advance, extensive use of Personal Protective Equipment and increased cleaning and hygiene measures. We are concerned to see the heroes we care for dealing with this disease that is so virulent among the elderly and vulnerable populations.” 

According to a press release by the Missouri Veterans Commission, more than 120 veterans across the Show-Me State contracted COVID-19. In Clinton County, COVID-19 infections skyrocketed in recent weeks. As of Monday, the Clinton County reported 265 confirmed cases, up more than 100 in less than a month. In response to the first confirmed COVID-19 infections at Cameron Missouri Veterans Home, Gov. Mike Parson announced an immediate external investigation into improving operating procedures in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

“We have been fighting COVID-19 for over seven months now, and we have learned a lot about how to fight the virus since March,” Parson stated in a press release. “The recent sudden positive case growth among staff and residents in our Veterans Homes, and most importantly, the tragic loss of lives of veterans in our care are, in my opinion, unacceptable.” 

Parson visited the Cameron Missouri Veterans Home Sept. 10, where he commended its staff for their efforts in preventing COVID-19 from reaching residents. Two weeks later, Parson announce he and Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson contracted the virus. They have since made a full recovery.

“The veterans in there were complementary about how the administration works and how they’re handling things,” said Parson, while touring the facility Sept. 10. “For the employees, it’s been really tough on them. They have to come here and make sure they’re safe. That adds stress to their lives, plus they have families at home they have to worry about ... From talking to the veterans, I could not have heard more positive comments.”

 

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