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Spokane Veterans Home welcomes back 4 residents from VA Medical Center following COVID-19 recoveries

UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

The Spokane Veterans Home welcomed back four residents on Thursday and Friday who recovered from COVID-19. (Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.)
The Spokane Veterans Home welcomed back four residents on Thursday and Friday who recovered from COVID-19. (Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.)

The Spokane Veterans Home welcomed back four residents on Thursday and Friday who recovered from COVID-19.

“It is heartwarming to see our Veterans again and to know they’ve overcome such a formidable foe,” said Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home, in a statement. “Our team at the Spokane Veterans Home is eager to welcome them and stand ready to provide the care they so richly deserve. These homecomings are emotional moments for our staff members and offer a sense of hope during incredibly trying times.”

In all, 45 residents have at one time tested positive for COVID-19, and six of those people have died, according to the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs. Some of the people who died were in end-of-life care before their novel coronavirus diagnosis.

Twenty-three employees also have tested positive, which includes the facility’s first case.

More than 30 positive residents were transferred to the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center about two weeks ago. Residents are allowed to return to the nursing home once they test negative twice with 24 hours between tests.

The Spokane Veterans Home created an isolated COVID-19 recovery wing for patients to quarantine for 14 days before returning to their own room, according to the WDVA.

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