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Lebanon Veterans' Home Experiences 3rd Death To COVID-19

Oregon Veterans' Home

The Oregon Veterans’ Home announced late Saturday that another one of their residents has died. The resident tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22 and had underlying medical conditions. 

This is the third death due to the virus at the Home. The Oregon Health Authority also announced two additional positive cases at the Veterans’ Home Saturday. Thirteen of the 16 confirmed cases at the home have recovered, including a 104-year-old man who celebrated his birthday last week.

It’s a tradition since the home opened in 2014 for every veteran who passes away to be honored with the “Walk of Honor” to recognize their service. Staff, residents and family would line the halls to salute and pay last respects. Saturday, staff adjusted the long-time tribute. Staff lined the sidewalks outside while the body was escorted out of the home, draped with a burial flag and a handmade quilt from Quilts of Valor.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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