According to new reports, there have been more than 15,000 patients with Veterans Affairs patients who have passed away from COVID-19 since the beginning of the global pandemic.
What’s really stunning is the fact that 2,200 of those deaths have happened since the start of August. The VA death total does not currently include more than 200 department employees who have died as a result of complications caused by the illness.
The current death rate for VA patients who have positive COVID tests is around 4.4 percent, which is much, much higher than the 1.5 percent death rate for the general public.
About 35% of the VA patients who died from COVID-19 were among inpatients at various facilities, while the rest were veterans with connections to the VA healthcare system who died at home and were later reported. VA officials have noted that the number is likely higher because they can only account for the deaths of veterans who have connections to the VA medical community.
To date, there have been more than 700,000 COVID-19 deaths in America, while the current global death toll is some where around 4.8 million people.