COVID-19 outbreak at Harborview Medical Center: 14 people test positive, 1 death
SEATTLE - Officials say ten staff members and four patients have tested positive for COVID-19 at Harborview Medical Center. One of the patients has died.
About 30 people were in isolation out of an abundance of caution, officials said during a Friday news conference.
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Dr. John Lynch, medical director of Harborview’s Infection Control, Antibiotic Stewardship and Employee Health programs, said Friday the patient died in the intensive care unit. Lynch didn’t know immediately what date the patient died.
He said the hospital is trying to determine how the outbreak occurred.
The state of Washington’s Department of Public Health, as of Oct. 10, has counted 321 outbreaks in health care settings, which includes hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities, supported living facilities, home healthcare, dialysis centers, and independent senior living facilities.
An additional 659 outbreaks have been recorded among long-term care facilities during that time period, according to a statewide COVID-19 outbreak report published Thursday.
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Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been more than 96,000 confirmed virus cases in Washington and more than 2,200 deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.