Active COVID-19 Cases Increase

Active COVID-19 Cases Increase

VA medical hospitals have seen an increase in active coronavirus cases in the last few days. Across the United States the number of active cases increased by 7%.

This increase is troublesome because the number of active cases was decreasing rapidly in VA centers but now the number has picked up again.

According to new data that was released yesterday, an increase of 100 cases has occurred from the already 1,494 cases VA hospitals have been dealing with. The VA organization has helped treat 14,400 people that were diagnosed with the virus in the past few months.

The VA medical center in Washington, D.C., that was damaged during the riots has the most active coronavirus cases to date, with 66 patients.

A total of 1,254 VA patients have died from COVID-19 in the past few months. That number continues to increase and has gotten up to 11% since last week.

VA employees are not safe from the fast spreading virus either, with nearly 1,500 employees contracting it. 32 of those employees have died from the illness.

A total of 100,00 Americans have lost their lives due to the virus, and that number continues to increase. Over 377,000 people have died worldwide because of COVID-19 since last fall.

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Shots Fired in Minnesota

Shots Fired in Minnesota

A National Guardsman in Minnesota opened fire on an unknown vehicle as it charged forwards toward a barricade. After 3 shots were fired upon the vehicle, the driver fled the scene.

This event happened Sunday, May 31st. The driver refused to change course or speed when shouted upon and waved down. Shots were fired at vehicle with non-lethal intent, and was mainly an action to dissuade the incoming vehicle from approaching any further.

This is the second time Guardsmen and police have fired shots at civilians during the protests. The first was in Kentucky when a member of a large group supposably fired a weapon at police early Monday morning. However, no footage of said event could be recovered as no officers had their body cameras on at the time.

Protests still continue across the U.S., some being peaceful while others take advantage of the situation to rob and cause mischief. In Seattle, WA protests have been peaceful after the raids and riots that swept the streets a few days prior. Protest groups are punishing those that are being violent as they know there is no positive outcome with violence.

The night of May 31st in Seattle, protesters and police peacefully stood their ground with no bloodshed or rioting of any kind. Hopefully this example can spread through the country and create a dialogue between both police officials and those demanding justice for George Floyd.

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Protesters Damage DC Monuments

Protesters Damage DC Monuments

The last weekend of May was a violent one, with protesters in many major cities across the United States destroying property, robbing stores and attacking police.

The death of George Floyd sparked a fire in the nation for justice from Minneapolis police. After being arrested and handcuffed, Floyd was held down with a police officer’s knee on his neck. Screaming that he couldn’t breath, Floyd was given no remorse from the police officers. After a staggering 9 minutes of being held down with a knee in the back of his neck, George Floyd was dead.

Outraged, black communities across the nation demanded justice for the murder of George Floyd. However, what started as peaceful protests turned into assault, looting and destruction of property. Appalled, the original protesters did not condone the actions of these vandals and were sickened that these people would use this time to rob and destroy property for fun.

In Washington, D.C., The VA Headquarters was damaged along with many veteran monuments on Sunday night. Windows were broken into and profanity was spray painted on the walls of the VA building. Spray painted messages could be seen outside the Lincoln memorial and other historic landmarks.

The National Guard was called into action with 17,000 troops being deployed across the country to maintain these riots and regain peace and order.

The name of the police officer that is now being charged with third-degree murder has been released as Derek Chauvin. Court documents show that while the officer had had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, three of those minutes Floyd was unresponsive and assumed to have already suffocated.

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VA Patients Continue to Die From Virus

VA Patients Continue to Die From Virus

On May 28th, a total of 1,200 VA patients were recorded to have died from the Coronavirus. There were only 512 deaths recorded at the beginning of May and this week has had an increase in deaths of almost 10 percent from the last.

Patients cared for by the VA that have gotten the Coronavirus have seen 9 percent of them dying, which is 3 percent more than the cases among all Americans in general. This is partially due to the fact that most of these veterans are elderly and are at a higher risk to contracting the virus.

However, cases of the virus that are still active has dropped significantly in the past few weeks. A total of 1,390 VA patients still have not recovered from the illness, which an 18 percent decrease from the past week.

Veterans Affairs leaders see this as a big win and the teams response in the last few months with the coronavirus was a great success. With the active case numbers falling, department hospitals have begun to get back to the normal swing of things.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has come under fire with many saying VA workers were not properly equipped and under unsafe conditions. Wilkie responded saying that workers have been given all the tools they needed to be safe including masks, gloves and gowns.

A total of 31 VA workers contracted and died from the coronavirus, and almost 1,500 have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic started.

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