COVID-19 Outbreak Investigated At PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

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Over the past few days, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has identified 10 patients in the hospital that have been confirmed with COVID-19 and have links to the same patient floor. Additionally, four employees have tested positive in relation to this investigation.

Of the 14 total COVID-positive cases, only five individuals are fully vaccinated. The only patients showing symptoms are those that are unvaccinated. Samples from this exposure are being submitted to the Washington Department of Health to test for the Delta variant.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily restricting visitors inside the hospital. Additionally, the identified patient floor has been closed to new admissions. All additional inpatients on the unit were tested or are in the process of being tested.

“I have full confidence in our highly qualified health care professionals to manage through this recent incident. We have been treating COVID-19 patients for more than 16 months and have cared for more than 1,000,” said Lawrence Neville, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “Our Infection Prevention specialists immediately began conducting a thorough review to understand the root causes of this situation, and to ensure further protection for our patients and caregivers.”

PeaceHealth and Clark County Public Health continue to investigate the cases.

Source: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

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