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Veterans Home in Salt Lake City reports 19 recovered, 13 fatalities from COVID-19

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 14:00:42-04

51 residents of the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home have tested positive for COVID-19 since May 18.

As of Friday, June 26:

  • 19 patients are receiving care on-site in a dedicated COVID-19 unit;
  • 19 are considered recovered by testing negative for the virus twice;
  • 13 have passed away, either at the facility, the hospital, or at another nursing facility.

The Veterans Home is owned by the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs, and is operated by Avalon Health Care.

In a statement, Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs executive director Gary Harter said, “I begin by sharing this news, with the acknowledgment that every loss at the Salt Lake Veterans Home has been a tremendous loss to the residents, Avalon Health Care, our department and the veterans community. We join the families and loved ones who have lost their veterans to COVID-19 in mourning their passing.”

No residents have tested positive for the virus since early June.

There are also no lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Utah’s other three Veterans Homes. Employees and residents will be tested as part of the state’s effort to test all long-term care facilities.