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9th resident at Spokane Veterans Home dies of COVID-19

The Spokane Veterans Home, shown Monday, April 27, has seen the largest single cluster of COVID-19 infections in Spokane County and nine residents have died. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Another veteran who lived at the Spokane Veterans Home and contracted COVID-19 has died at a local hospital, bringing Spokane County’s total number of deaths due to the coronavirus to 30 on Thursday.

Of the 46 residents at the Spokane Veterans Home who have tested positive for the virus, nine have died due to the effects of COVID-19 or underlying medical conditions present before contracting COVID-19.

“Like each of our veterans have done, they fought bravely against this new adversary, but unfortunately, the disease along with their other medical conditions proved to be more than could be overcome,” Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home, said in a news release. “We mourn this honored Veteran, and our entire Spokane Veterans Home team offers condolences to their family and friends.”

In addition to residents at the home testing positive, 24 staff members also contracted COVID-19.

Health officials confirmed four more cases on Thursday, bringing the county’s total case count to 390. The majority of residents who have contracted the virus have recovered, and three people remain hospitalized.

Arielle Dreher's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is primarily funded by the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, with additional support from Report for America and members of the Spokane community. These stories can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.