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State Veterans Home hit with coronavirus outbreak

A press release from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs said the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford is working to "contain and eliminate the virus."

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 9:36 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 9:09 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A veterans' home is trying to get rid of the coronavirus after being hit with an outbreak.

According to a press release from Mississippi Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs is working to “contain and eliminate” the virus.

The press release said as of Monday, the home in Oxford reported 19 of its residents had tested positive for the coronavirus. The home also reported two deaths, one of which was a patient in hospice. Twelve staff members who work in the home also tested positive.

MVSA said it is working through its COVID response plan to combat the virus. It said it is also following recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Robert Collier is a Batesville resident. He said he thinks the home in oxford is doing a fine job of responding to the outbreak.

“I think they’re doing a good job with the process of keeping it low,” he said.

Collier said he is very close to his father, Windell Doyle Collier, a 91-year-old veteran who was a mechanic in the Korean War. Collier said sometimes he brings his father breakfast.

“I bring him something to eat, he’s a big coffee drinker. He likes to snack.”

He and his sister try to stay in contact with their father, but the coronavirus has made that difficult.

“The COVID outbreak has been very difficult in having, you know, contact with him, but I understand the quarantine, I understand the position of the VA, so hopefully it’ll be over soon,” Collier said.

According to Collier, a cell phone video chat or a visit through a glass barrier are the only ways he can see his dad right now. He said he can go to the front porch and have a window visit with his dad when the home allows it, but those visits are not allowed for the time being.

Collier added he has no problems with the home’s operation.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to bring up any, you know, complaints because everyone’s trying their best to get through this,” he said.

MVSA Director Stacey Pickering is quoted in the press release as expressing condolences and reassuring the home is doing its best in the situation.

"On behalf of everyone at our Agency, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the residents that passed away due to complications from COVID- 19. We want to make sure the families of our residents are aware of the steps that we are taking to mitigate the impacts of the virus."

According to the press release, anyone entering the facility must wear proper protective equipment. The release also said that in-person visits are not allowed until the situation is deemed safe.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 297321

Reported Deaths: 6805
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19814231
Hinds18949395
Harrison16886282
Rankin12842265
Jackson12750234
Lee9720163
Madison9516204
Jones8035148
Forrest7289138
Lauderdale6872228
Lowndes6061140
Lamar593381
Lafayette5767114
Washington5232130
Bolivar4630124
Oktibbeha443095
Panola433698
Pearl River4212132
Warren4144115
Pontotoc411071
Marshall405995
Monroe3996129
Union397174
Neshoba3848171
Lincoln3624104
Hancock352978
Leflore3400121
Sunflower320986
Tate303974
Pike302697
Scott296171
Alcorn292763
Yazoo292066
Itawamba290675
Coahoma283069
Tippah280065
Copiah279959
Simpson277581
Prentiss271258
Marion258878
Wayne255641
Leake254172
Covington250280
Grenada248878
Adams235778
George232745
Newton232753
Winston222179
Jasper214145
Tishomingo213266
Attala206971
Chickasaw201954
Holmes182870
Clay179452
Stone173429
Tallahatchie171739
Clarke170773
Calhoun158628
Smith153833
Yalobusha145736
Greene128133
Walthall125441
Montgomery123540
Noxubee123431
Perry123235
Lawrence121421
Carroll119425
Amite112435
Webster111132
Jefferson Davis102731
Tunica99824
Claiborne99030
Benton94024
Humphreys93128
Kemper91423
Quitman77514
Franklin76420
Choctaw70117
Jefferson62827
Wilkinson62727
Sharkey49217
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 499411

Reported Deaths: 10149
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson719951403
Mobile36396741
Madison32674469
Tuscaloosa24391423
Montgomery22789523
Shelby22250219
Baldwin19915289
Lee15070161
Calhoun13961296
Morgan13785255
Etowah13413327
Marshall11458215
Houston10121264
Elmore9509190
Limestone9435139
St. Clair9050228
Cullman8993183
Lauderdale8628214
DeKalb8507175
Talladega7643165
Walker6600260
Jackson6551104
Autauga634492
Blount6252128
Colbert6007121
Coffee5261104
Dale4680107
Russell407534
Franklin400779
Covington3996107
Chilton3911104
Escambia379473
Tallapoosa3637143
Clarke344553
Chambers3432111
Dallas3428142
Pike292973
Marion288796
Lawrence285787
Winston258568
Bibb246058
Marengo244657
Geneva240270
Pickens225757
Barbour213851
Hale212569
Fayette202657
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178140
Monroe166739
Randolph165141
Washington157036
Macon147845
Crenshaw146755
Clay146254
Cleburne140141
Lamar133933
Lowndes133151
Wilcox123225
Bullock117736
Conecuh107224
Perry106427
Sumter100832
Coosa90324
Greene88732
Choctaw55723
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