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Veterans Homes Report More COVID-19 Cases as Staff, Residents Wait for Vaccine – NBC 7 San Diego

Veterans’ homes are working to manage an ever-growing number of COVID-19 cases as workers and residents wait for the vaccine to arrive.

“I’m worried about it. I’m not exactly young, and if I get it, I’ll probably go,” said George Marston, Chula Vista resident of Veterans Home.

Despite months of keeping COVID-19 cases relatively low, veterans’ homes do not appear to be affected by the overwhelming surge in hospitals throughout the state. The Veterans Home Chula Vista Campus is not open to the public, but it can keep visitors out, but it cannot prevent the invasion of COVID-19.

“Yes, that’s right,” Marston said.

In a statement, a CalVet spokeswoman said that veterans’ homes should keep coronaviruses away, including banning visitors, performing temperature checks, rampant testing, and banning meetings in break rooms and common areas. He said he was taking all steps.

“We will continue to confront and destroy the COVID-19 virus, the wolf,” California Veterans Secretary said in a video message to employees in April.

Nearly 350 employees tested positive with 119 residents across eight veterans’ homes in California. Currently, there are 82 active cases.

In Chula Vista, an email received by The Sacramento Bee states that as of December 20, 10 residents and 6 workers were actively infected with the virus.

Still, Marston said he feels he has it, especially because he knows the vaccine is within reach.

“They are doing their best,” Marston said.

A CalVet spokeswoman said there were no COVID-19-related deaths at Chula Vista’s home.

Residents and workers will begin vaccination on January 11.

COVID-19 has killed five veterans’ home residents and one employee elsewhere in the state.

Chula Vista’s home has conducted more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests on approximately 270 residents and more than 5,200 tests on approximately 350 employees.



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