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Another veteran who contracted COVID-19 dies at Spokane Veterans Home

Another veteran has died at the Spokane Veterans Home, after recovering from COVID-19 at a local hospital.

The veteran, diagnosed with the virus, had received treatment at the hospital. The veteran tested negative and returned to the Spokane Veterans Home on May 12.

“While our Veteran was able to recover from the active virus, unfortunately, the toll it took on their overall health was simply too great,” Patrick McNabb, administrator of the Spokane Veterans Home, said in a news release. “We offer our condolences to their family and friends as they go through this very difficult time.”

So far, 10 residents at the Spokane Veterans Home who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died, either from the virus or due to co-occuring medical conditions.

Spokane County added four new cases of the disease on Tuesday, bringing the county total to 412. Thirty-one residents have died from COVID-19, and four people are receiving treatment in local hospitals.

More than 73% of people with COVID-19 in the county have recovered.

In the past two weeks, Spokane County has confirmed five or fewer new cases of COVID-19 each day, qualifying it to apply for a variance request to advance to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan under new criteria released Tuesday.

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.