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Southern Nevada veteran passes away from COVID-19 complications

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 00:56:26-05

BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — A resident of the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home has passed away this week of COVID-19 related complications.

The 90-year-old US Army vet was admitted to a local hospital for an unrelated condition back in October. However, upon returning to the SNSVH the veteran tested positive for COVID-19 and passed away of related complications.

A Nevada Department of Veterans Services spokesperson says the veteran tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the hospital admission but then had a positive test upon returning to Boulder City.

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“On behalf of the entire Nevada Department of Veterans Services team, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of this honored veteran,” said NDVS director Kat Miller. “This loss is deeply felt by this veteran’s many friends at the home.”

Currently, five residents and five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at SNSVH in Boulder City.

“The SNSVH is experiencing an increase in cases, reflecting the community spread of the virus throughout the state,” said Miller. “The team at the home remains committed to following all protocols to stop the spread of this disease and is focused on providing quality resident care.”

No immediate identification was released on the veteran who passed from the SNSVH.

The SNSVH reports it tests all residents and staff weekly unless the community COVID-19 prevalence increases above 10 percent for Clark County. Then, testing occurs twice a week while in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Family visits are being held outdoors in a designated area with a Plexiglas barrier, according to a home spokesperson, to keep everyone safe. Visits are scheduled and are limited to 20 minutes to accommodate multiple families with drive-thru visitations also available.

More information on the home in Boulder City is available here and the latest COVID-19 Nevada response is also available here.