Tag: Veterans Affairs

Active COVID-19 Infections at Nichols Vet Home Down to 9

The coronavirus has hit the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City like a public health tsunami. Since April 8, 91 of its residents, more than half of its residential population, have tested positive for the virus, and 23 of them have died.

But by Friday, following a second round of virus testing at the home, the number of Nichols residents who tested positive was down to nine.

“This is a significant and promising downward trend,” a Friday news release from the state Department of Veterans Affairs stated. It also added that 12 of the 41 Nichols home employees who had earlier tested positive for the virus had recovered and returned to work. Read more.

Sen. Doug Jones Calls for Hearings to Investigate Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Performance

U.S. Senator Doug Jones said Thursday that he is cosponsoring a measure that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to present Congress with detailed annual performance reports on the nursing homes it runs.

Jones was reacting to a recent news report in USA Today that cited poor quality at the homes in Alabama and nationwide. Read more.