One resident has tested positive for COVID-19 at Veterans Home

Seven staffers also have been diagnosed with the virus

PORT ORCHARD — One resident at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to the facility following an outside visit.

The resident is being isolated and all COVID-19 precautions are being taken, according to Heidi Audette, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday.

Audette said seven staff members have also been diagnosed with COVID-19. Residents living in the affected units at the home are proactively being tested, she added.

“We are working closely with the Kitsap Public Health District and following guidance from them, the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid Services, and our State Department of Health to ensure we are safeguarding our residents and staff,” Audette said in a news release.

The spokeswoman said staff members are being tested twice each week and are self-monitoring for any symptoms, including the presence of a fever. They also are screened upon arrival at work each day.

In August, one resident at the Retsil facility died from complications of COVID-19 and 31 residents were diagnosed as having the virus.

The Washington Veterans Home just outside of Port Orchard is a skilled nursing care facility accommodating 240 residents.