Spokane Veterans Home mourns as COVID-19 hits assisted living facilities statewide

SPOKANE, Wash. — More devastating news from a Spokane assisted living center that cares for our nation’s heroes. 

A sixth person at the Spokane Veterans Home has died from COVID-19. It marks the 27th death in Spokane County since the virus began spreading. The pandemic is hitting nursing homes the hardest. 

READ: Sixth veteran dies from COVID-19 at Spokane Veterans Home

The State Department of Health is expected to update the number of cases and deaths at midnight. As of yesterday, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 891 Washingtonians. 

Sixty percent, or roughly 535 of those deaths are linked to nursing homes and assisted living centers, according to health officials. 

A lot of our viewers ask how deadly COVID-19 is compared to the seasonal flu. The DOH hasn’t updated flu data in over a week, but as of April 25, 98 people (including 6 children) have died from influenza, compared to the 891 deaths from COVID-19. 

The nation’s first deadly cluster of COVID-19 cases happened at the Kirkland Life Care Center, where more than 40 people died from the virus. 

As of Friday, 45 residents at the Spokane Veterans Home have the virus, and 34 of them were taken to the VA hospital in northwest Spokane for treatment. 

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a Veteran or Family member in our Veterans Homes,” said Lourdes E. Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. 

“Each resident in our care brings their unique story, history and personality that make our Veterans Homes, a true Home,” Alvarado-Ramos said. “To the family and friends of each resident who passes, we offer our most sincere condolences.”

The Spokane Veterans Home holds quarterly memorial services to honor residents. With COVID-19, those services will be held at a later date.

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