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Missouri Governor Orders External Review of COVID-19 Operations At The State's Veterans Homes

A workers hugs a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon
A workers hugs a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon
A workers hugs a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon
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A workers hugs a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon

An external review of COVID-19 operations at Missouri’s Veterans Homes will take place soon. Governor Mike Parson ordered the reviews late last week.

During a briefing with the governor on Thursday, data was presented that raised concerns about how well the veterans homes are “uniformly and systematically operating to prevent and, if necessary, contain COVID-19 outbreaks among their staff and residents,” according to the governor’s office.

Parson has asked Missouri Veterans Commission chairman, Timothy Noonan, to conduct a rapid, independent, external review of the state’s veterans homes, according to a news release.

The review will assess the homes’ performance to date and identity any steps that should be taken to improve their management of COVID-19.

Parson also asked that rapid antigen tests be sent to Missouri Veterans Homes.

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.