AUGUSTA — The total number of coronavirus deaths inside the federal Veterans Affairs’ Healthcare System has jumped 10-fold since April 1, including three from Maine.
The VA Maine Healthcare System’s most recent weekly update states a Maine veteran died Thursday of complications from COVID-19.
Few details are being released about the person except that he or she died at a community hospital somewhere within the state.
The VA Maine data also shows a slight increase in the number of veterans diagnosed with the virus, increasing from 32 confirmed cases on July 27 to 35 on July 31.
As of Friday, five Maine veterans were actively fighting the coronavirus.
According to federal VA data, nearly 41,000 veterans have had COVID-19, and there are 2,211 known deaths. That is a 10-fold increase from the 219 deaths the VA reported on April 1.
Of the three deceased veterans in Maine, the first died at VA Maine’s Togus campus in Augusta on April 2, and the second and third died at community hospitals on June 3 and July 30.
Josh Scroggins, director of the non-profit Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough where a deadly outbreak took place earlier this year, said Wednesday that “all our homes are COVID free.”