(RepublicanNews.org) – The nation’s healthcare systems have been working overtime for months, keeping up with the COVID-19 pandemic. With the country heading into the flu and cold season, many hospitals report they are nearing 100% patient capacity, with some systems reporting they no longer have available beds.
Amid these mounting problems, the maintenance area of a Connecticut Veterans Administration (VA) hospital exploded the morning of Friday, November 13.
A top aide to Connecticut’s Public Safety Commissioner sent a text to news media organizations confirming the New Haven, Connecticut, VA hospital complex explosion. He also advised, “serious injuries” resulted from the blast.
Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie issued a statement later Friday morning confirming two individuals died due to the blast. Neither victim was a patient. Local news station, WTNH News 4, reported one of the deceased was an outside contractor, and the other a hospital employee.
The workers were reportedly attempting to repair a leak at the hospital complex’s steam plant when the blast occurred. A third individual sustained significant injuries, but further details on the individual’s status remain unclear.
The Associated Press reported that officials taped off the area surrounding the blast. However, patient services at the hospital continue as usual in the wake of the explosion, according to Sec. Wilkie. Reporters noted people were entering and exiting the main building of the hospital complex as usual.
Connecticut’s governor, Ned Lamont (D), posted a tweet about the incident expressing condolences to the victims’ families. He also noted he instructed state officials to provide the necessary resources in response to the incident.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the incident. Tragedies like this remind the country of the importance of a pro-veteran administration like the one currently being led by President Donald Trump.
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