LEBANON, Ore. – The Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon announced a total of six veterans have died due to coronavirus at their facility.
The most recent death is a veteran who tested positive for the virus earlier this month, officials said Thursday.
“Our hearts are very heavy again today,” said Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “The loss of another veteran resident is painful for all. We honor this veteran resident for their honorable service to our nation and have a deep gratitude for the staff at the Lebanon Home, who continue to provide exceptional care in these extraordinary circumstances. We are doing everything in our power to stop this virus in the Home and to fight for our veterans and other honored residents.”
There has been a total of 21 confirmed cases at the home since March 11.
A new resident was also declared recovered on Thursday. A veteran who was previously considered recovered passed away as a result of the virus, making the current total of recoveries 13.
Currently, there are two active cases at the home.
On Wednesday, the home announced a fifth veteran had died.
The first death at the home as a result of the pandemic happened March 22.