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SLC Veterans Home Where 13 Died From COVID-19 Now Virus-Free

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The COVID-19 outbreak that killed more than a dozen veterans at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home is over. The facility is now free of active COVID-19 cases, but officials weren’t letting their guard down. “We mourn with their families,” said Gary Harter, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs. “We will have an opportunity to memorialize them in the future when we can all gather again but we do celebrate their service that they rendered to our great country.” The William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home, like thousands of long-term care facilities in our country, experienced a deadly outbreak and worked its way out. When the outbreak was first discovered on May 18, the state heal...
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Remembering The Utahns We’ve Lost: Gordon Davis

GOSHEN, Utah – Brenda Davis still doesn’t know how her husband contracted COVID-19. “I don’t think his cows or his horse gave it to him,” she said. At 69 years old, Gordon Davis was happy to social distance at his home in Goshen, Utah. “That was his heaven,” Brenda joked. “He didn’t have to go anywhere or be around anybody. He loved that.” Gordon Davis at his home in Goshen, Utah. Despite taking precautions, both he and Brenda were exposed. The virus attacked Gordon’s lungs first. Following an initial diagnosis of pneumonia and five days at home with medication, he was admitted and intubated. Test results revealed he had COVID-19. For the next 33 days, including his 70th birthday, Davis remained on a ventilator. “He fought a long fight,” Brenda said. “He fought a ha...
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Remembering The Utahns We’ve Lost: Paul Mokofisi

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Paul Mokofisi was scared. He’d told friends he knew a man of his size would likely not survive COVID-19. But despite his fears, family members said he could have been more cautious. “My sister always wore a mask. And my brother did, but it was not all the time,” Teresa Mokofisi-Thompson said. Both he and his sister worked with the same in-home care client who eventually tested positive for the virus. Mokofisi contracted it. His sister did not. Family members believe if he’d been more diligent, he might still be alive. “I think a lot of people were intimidated by him just because of how his stature was so big,” Mokofisi-Thompson said of her older brother. “But I think that was as big as what his heart was.” Paul Mokofisi died from COVID-19 just...