LEBANON, Ore. -- A second resident of the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon died Sunday, according to a post by the organization's Facebook page. The man tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16 and had underlying health conditions.
“It is with sorrow and heavy hearts that we make this announcement,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “This resident was an honored veteran of our nation’s armed forces, who continued to serve his community after leaving the service. He was an important and beloved member of our Lebanon community, and he will be missed terribly."
The man's death marks the second at the veterans' home. The first death at the veterans' home in Linn County was reported March 22. The man was a veteran in his 90s, who tested positive on March 11, and died at the Oregon Veterans' Home. He had underlying medical conditions.
Before the latest death, the Oregon Health Authority reported 13 people had died in Oregon from COVID-19.
OHA is encouraging people to send video messages of support to residents of the Lebanon Veterans Home. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is collecting the video clips, which can be shown on the closed-circuit TV in the facility. Learn more here.