Missouri Veteran homes restricts access due to coronavirus

Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 08:41:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Veterans facilities in Missouri will have limited access, as both Missouri and Kansas have announced coronavirus cases.

Missouri Veterans Home, located in Cameron, roughly 50 miles northeast of Kansas City, posted Sunday on its Facebook page that the Missouri Veterans Commission “will restrict access to visitors, vendors and volunteers until further notice.”

“This is being done to ensure we attempt all efforts to prevent the virus from entering our home,” the statement read. “We will encourage communication with your loved one daily. Our staff will also assist those who want to ‘see’ their loved ones using FaceTime or with other video methods.”

The Missouri Veterans Home in St. James also is under the same restrictions. St. James is 97 miles southwest of St. Louis, where the state’s first presumptive-positive coronavirus case is located.

Officials later confirmed that the restrictions are in place for all seven homes located in Missouri.

Shift supervisors will be available 24/7 for family members to speak with their relatives in the facility.