Two more Spokane Veterans Home residents die after testing positive for COVID-19

Two more people have died after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Spokane Veterans Home

SPOKANE, Wash — Two more residents of the Spokane Veterans Home who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

This means eight residents have now died during this outbreak.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs announced the deaths in a news release Monday, saying the two passed away late last week at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.

The department says the eight residents have died “either from the effects of COVID-19 or due to other medical conditions that were present prior to the COVID-19 diagnosis.”

PAST COVERAGE: Five Spokane Veterans Home residents have died from COVID-19, says WDVA

46 residents have tested positive at the home; 23 staff members have tested positive as well. All of the residents who have tested positive are being treated either at the VA hospital or at other hospitals in the area.

“Our Veterans and family members are the heart of our home, the very reason we exist,” said Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home. “The passing of a resident is a somber occasion and our SVH family offers our condolences to the family and friends of our honored veterans.”

The first case connected to the Spokane Veterans Home was reported on March 30th. An employee4 tested positive and was self-quarantined at home. Within a week, residents and other staff members began testing positive.