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3rd Spokane Veterans Home resident with COVID-19 dies after VA Medical Center transfer

UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

The Spokane Veterans Home, shown Monday, April 27, 2020, at 222 E. Fifth Ave. Five residents of the home have died from COVID-19. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane Veterans Home, shown Monday, April 27, 2020, at 222 E. Fifth Ave. Five residents of the home have died from COVID-19. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A third Spokane Veterans Home resident with COVID-19 died this week after being transferred the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.

Thirty-one residents who tested positive for COVID-19 at the nursing home were transferred to the VA Medical Center between Friday and Wednesday, when they were reportedly all stable. A few of them were in end-of-life care before their diagnoses.

Of the 47 residents who remained at the nursing home on Wednesday, six tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday and were isolated within the facility, according to the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs.

Five of the residents who tested positive Thursday were transferred to the VA Medical Center on Friday, while one preferred to stay at the nursing home, according to Heidi Audette, a WDVA spokesperson. That puts the number of positive residents at the VA Medical Center at 32.

With a total of 42 residents cases, including three deaths, nearly half of the 86 residents living at nursing home as of the beginning of the month have tested positive.

A total of 19 employees have also tested positive, including the facility’s first case.

Another nursing home resident staying at the VA Medical Center earlier this week was transferred to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s intensive care unit, according to Bret Bowers, the Spokane VA Medical Center spokesperson.

An additional five residents were being cared for at local hospitals on Friday.

Two residents who tested negative but whose roommates tested positive were transferred to the facility prior to last Friday.

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