Second resident of Spokane Veterans Home dies of COVID-19

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Veterans Home has reported that another resident has passed away from COVID-19.

The Veterans Home says the veteran was hospitalized over the weekend after testing positive for the coronavirus, but passed away on Tuesday.

“We mourn the passing of our Veteran and share our condolences with their family and friends,” said Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. “Having the honor of taking care of our Veterans and their families is something we do not take lightly and every loss, whether COVID-19 related or not, is very hard for us all.”

So far, 25 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Veterans Home, 20 of whom are being cared for at the facility.

Three veterans have been hospitalized.

Staff and residents are being regularly tested, and the Veterans Home says they are working with the Spokane VA Medical Center and MultiCare.

“As we continue down this challenging road, I again want to thank each staff member at the Spokane Veterans Home,” said Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home. “The resiliency of our team and the spirit with which they perform their duties is to be commended. I also want to thank our families and loved ones for their understanding and support and our community members who have stepped up to show their support as we work through these challenges together.”