A veteran at a veterans administration facility in Augusta died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday.
Described only as a patient in his or her 70s, the victim was the first Maine veteran to die from the virus, according to a statement released by VA Healthcare Systems, which oversees the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta. No new deaths were reported on Thursday after the state saw seven confirmed over the past week.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the veteran’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Tracye B. Davis, director of the VA Maine Healthcare System.
The Maine Center for Disease Control did not confirm that the death was related to coronavirus, but spokesperson Robert Long said the Maine CDC would provide an update on all cases during its Friday morning briefing.
If confirmed, the death would be the eighth due to the coronavirus in the state.
Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and protocols established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the statement.