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Special Report Raises Questions About How Southeastern Veterans Center Handled COVID-19 Outbreak

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials released a special report on Wednesday that raises questions about how the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs managed the COVID-19 outbreak that led to dozens of deaths at veterans’ homes.

There were 42 COVID deaths at Southeastern Veterans Center in Chester County. That’s more than the state’s five other veterans’ homes combined.

“We’ve found good records and compliance and passing grades at most veterans’ home since 2016,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. “However, a state inspection in June noted that failures by Southeastern Veterans Center former administration during the beginning of the pandemic put the majority of residents in immediate serious jeopardy.”

That prompted Gov. Tom Wolf to order an independent investigation of Southeastern’s COVID response.

DePasquale is asking for the results of the investigation to be released to the public.

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