First coronavirus death reported in Boise veterans home

Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 14:45:54-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise reported its first coronavirus-related death Tuesday.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) announced a veteran at the Boise location has died of coronavirus complications. The veteran had several underlying health conditions "which made them more vulnerable to this unprecedented illness and may have contributed to them succumbing to the COVID-19 coronavirus," the IDVS said in a statement.

No further information was released on the veteran's identity at this time.

"On behalf of everyone here, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this Veteran. We are grieving with them," said IDVS Chief Administrator Marv Hagedorn in a news release. "Each veteran signifies the importance of military service and we owe a great debt to the less than one percent of Americans who wore a uniform to preserve our rights and freedoms. Our admiration for theses heroes endures."

The facility received its first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in early July, with two residents and three staff members contracting the virus, according to IDVS. Since then, there have been no new cases or outbreaks, IDVS announced.

"With the spike in cases in Ada County in the past month, we have been fortunate that this virus has not spread more widely within our facility," Hagedorn said in the statement. "That is directly a result of the exceptional work of our ISVH-Boise team. They have worked tremendously hard to care for and protect our residents during these trying times."

Only staff and essential vendors are allowed in the Veterans Home and anyone entering the building is required to go through a coronavirus screening.