Colorado state-run veterans homes report no coronavirus cases

All five of Colorado’s state-run veterans care and nursing home facilities – with more than 450 residents and 500 staffers between them – are without any infection from the new coronavirus among the residents, according to the state Department of Human Services that oversees them.

Despite outbreaks at nursing homes and other privately run facilities across Colorado, the residents at the veterans’ homes in Florence, Monte Vista, Homelake, Rifle and Walsenburg, and the nursing homes at Walsenburg and Fitzsimmons — with an average age of 82 years old — have managed well.

Four staffers — all of them medical staffers at the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimmons — have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease that comes from exposure to the virus, officials said.

Officials note they are under strict guidelines governing social distancing and have limited visitors to anyone in the facilities.

“With the exception of end of life or other clearly defined emotional need, visitors are not permitted, so we are working with families and residents to engage in virtual meetings with the use of laptops,” DHS spokeswoman Madlynn Ruble told The Denver Post in an email.

The locations offer long-term care to veterans, their spouses, widows or parents of a deceased veteran, and each runs at about 90% capacity, state auditor records show.

“We are universally masking staff (and) each … is screened daily prior to their shift, for symptoms, possible exposure, their temperature is taken and recorded,” she said. “We also follow this same protocol with any outside agency such as hospice workers.”

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