Investigation details state’s ‘failure to recognize the outbreak’ in Missouri veterans homes | Regional

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

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Activists Drop Body Bags Outside Homes of Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, to Protest Congress’ Failure to Pass Stimulus

Activists left body bags outside the homes of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham Tuesday in protest of Congress’ failure to pass a second stimulus deal.



a person wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrive for a meeting with GOP Senators in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrive for a meeting with GOP Senators in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The activists were from Spaces in Action and Shut Down D.C., two groups that joined together to create the displays.

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Spaces in Action shared a video of the groups at work on Twitter, mentioning the estimated death toll of Americans who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

“Over 270,000 are dead and @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is still blocking a vote on COVID relief. Blood is on his hands, and this morning, we joined @ShutDown_DC to bring the

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