Idaho State Veterans Home sees second COVID outbreak

Posted at 10:14 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 08:24:13-05

BOISE, Idaho — Saturday, the Boise VA saw a second outbreak of the coronavirus at the Idaho State Veterans Home.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services manages the home. Veterans Services Administrator Marv Hagedorn confirmed 20 veterans are dealing with COVID-19, along with a number of staff members. Hagedorn told Idaho News 6 that some patients were asymptomatic, and the veterans affected are being treated with the latest FDA approved therapeutics, with doctors keeping a close eye on the facility.

Now, the Boise VA is stepping in to help mitigate the spread.

“Currently, the Boise VA hospital is sending help to the State Home to assist their clinical operations,” says Dr. Andrew Wilper, Boise VA Chief of Staff.

The Idaho State Veterans Home has several precautions in place to protect its veterans. Back in July, they experienced their first cases, and one veteran lost his life.

For more on the Boise VA's efforts against coronavirus, see this article.