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UPDATE: Resident of Southern Nevada State Veterans Home dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 16:26:50-04

BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — UPDATE 6 P.M. MARCH 28: One of the 3 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City has died. The facility sent the following statement to the media on Saturday afternoon:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of one of our Southern Nevada State Veterans Home residents due to complications related to COVID-19.

The veteran is an 86-year-old male. He died March 28 after being transported from the home and admitted to the hospital. At the time of transfer, he was not a suspected COVID-19 case, but a subsequent hospital test revealed a positive for the COVID-19 infection.

“Our hearts are extremely heavy,” said Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Katherine Miller. “We mourn the passing of this Navy Korean War veteran who served our nation with honor and dignity in its hour of need. He was also a beloved member of our Veterans Home community and will be deeply missed. On behalf of everyone at the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home, we offer our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. We grieve with them.”

At the Southern Nevada Home, staff continues to diligently follow established infectious disease prevention protocols and public health guidelines. Director added, “We know they are doing everything in their power to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our community safe. All possible resources are being made available to support them in their critical work.”

Out of consideration for the family, NDVS will not be releasing the resident’s name or other personal information.

Three residents at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City tested positive for coronavirus.

All three residents remain in isolation and will continue to be cared for by staff members, who have been following established infection disease prevention protocol and public health guidelines, according to the home.

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On March 25, residents were tested for COVID-19 after recently getting over or currently exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms. SNSVH received the test results on March 26.

As soon as the Nevada Department of Veteran Services learned of the threat COVID-19 posed, it says it took immediate and aggressive measures to protect the veterans, under state and federal guidelines.

As early as February, NDVS says it took action including, but not limited to, updating the SNSVH Pandemic Plan with COVID-19 response protocols, requiring screening all who entered the SNSVH, and restricting all but health care personnel from entering the facility.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Kat Miller also issued the following statement:

“We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect our residents and staff from the spread of this virus and will remain vigilant in our efforts to do so. We are passionate in our commitment to ensure our residents receive exceptional care; it is our duty to care for and protect Nevada’s heroes.”

More information and resources on Nevada’s response to COVID-19 is available here.