A resident of the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home has died due to coronavirus, the Nevada Department of Veteran Services announced Saturday.
The 86-year-old man was one of four new deaths announced Saturday morning by the Southern Nevada Health District, bringing the state’s total to 14.
“Our hearts are extremely heavy,” Katherine Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, said in a statement. “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.”
At the time the man was transferred to a hospital, the department said he was not presumed to have the virus, but tested positive at the hospital.
The department did not name any additional precautions that would be taken, but said staff at the veterans home continues to follow protocols and guidelines that had been laid out previously.
“We know they are doing everything in their power to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our community safe,” Miller said. “All possible resources are being made available to support them in their critical work.”
On Friday night the department announced that three residents at the veterans home in Boulder City had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The residents were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the veterans home received the results Thursday, according to a news release.
All 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.
“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,” Miller said.
“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.”
For more information and resources on Nevada’s response to COVID-19, please visit nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.