The report said the lack of understanding negatively affected interactions with external stakeholders, including the Department of Public Safety, and, “perhaps most significantly,” the report said, “the MVC failed to fully engage with the Fusion Cell,” part of the state’s collective response to the virus.
“(I)n weekly briefings to DPS, the MVC provided little data about the outbreak, other than its impact on staffing vacancies—missing a critical opportunity early on to engage outside agencies and resources,” the report said.
Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, ordered an independent investigation of the Missouri Veterans Commission in early October after the deaths of 38 veterans, housed at four homes, in September.
A spokesman for the Missouri Veterans Commission said on Nov. 18 that 109 residents of its nursing homes had died of COVID-19 complications. The commission has not provided more recent figures.
The state chose Armstrong Teasdale to investigate all seven of the