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VA reports no COVID-19 deaths in a day for first time in 14 months

The Department of Veterans Affairs recorded no new COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, marking the first 24-hour span without a fatality in 14 months, Military Times reported Tuesday.

More than 12,000 VA patients have died from coronavirus complications since the pandemic began last year, prompting the department's acting under secretary for health, Dr. Richard Stone, to note that while the news was uplifting, Monday was also a "sobering day."

Stone credited the COVID-19 vaccines for the success. "No deaths is a testament to the hard work that our people have done to get the vaccine into people's arms and highlights the fact that the vaccine works," he said, per Military Times, adding that he hopes the latest development will further encourage people to get their shots if they haven't already. Read more at Military Times.