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About 88% of Washington’s hospital staff are vaccinated against Covid-19, according to a survey released Monday by the Washington State Hospital Association.

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Hospitals in Washington are trying to gauge how much of their workforce will comply with the state mandate for Covid vaccinations as the October 18 deadline approaches.

Covid Surge May Have Peaked; Watch Out For Flu Season

Sep 20, 2021
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Health care officials say the Covid surge in Washington may have hit its peak statewide, a few weeks before the flu season will officially begin. 

Dr. Steve Mitchell from the Washington Medical Coordination Center in Seattle says about 1,500 Covid-positive people are receiving hospital care today [Monday]. That’s down 200 since a peak reported September 9.

Providence Delays All Non-Emergency Procedures

Sep 15, 2021
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Providence Health Care says it is delaying all non-emergency surgeries and procedures at its two Spokane hospitals because of the Covid patient crush and resulting staff shortages.

The decision affects care at Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals.

Vaccine Deadline Nears For WA State Employees

Sep 13, 2021
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Most Washington state employees face a deadline next month to receive the Covid vaccination they’ll need to keep their jobs. But Monday was an important day for some to stay on track in their quest to reach that goal.

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Monoclonal antibodies have become a more common remedy for those who have tested positive for Covid and who could become vulnerable to some of its more severe symptoms. But where you can receive that treatment has been limited to hospitals and doctors' offices.

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Many eastern Washington hospitals are being strained by having to care for Covid patients. 

It's not quite as dire as the situation facing north Idaho hospitals, which are rationing resources.

Covid Hospitalizations Continue To Increase In Washington

Aug 30, 2021
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The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus continues to climb in Washington.

The state hospital association says state figures this morning [Monday] showed 1,570 Covid patients admitted to hospitals, up more than 300 from 10 days ago.

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Healthcare providers are raising the alarm as the Inland Northwest hits its highest hospitalization level since the start of the pandemic.

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The trade organization for Washington hospitals is urging its members to require their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The governing board of the Washington State Hospital Association last week approved a resolution supporting vaccination requirements.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will drop all coronavirus-related restrictions by June 30 at the latest.

But Cassie Sauer from the Washington State Hospital Association says, even after that date, mask mandates will remain in effect in most, if not all, hospitals in the state.

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The Food and Drug Administration says 12-to-15-year-olds are now eligible to receive Pfizer’s Covid vaccine.

For parents such as Cassie Sauer [sour], the president of the Washington State Hospital Association, the decision about having their children vaccinated is an easy one.

Many NW Providers Bring Back J&J Vaccine As An Option

Apr 27, 2021
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Several public health agencies in Washington and Idaho say they are going back to administering the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine after getting the go-ahead from the Centers for Disease Control.

Next Covid Vaccine Phase in WA Opens On Wednesday

Mar 15, 2021
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Washington will open Covid vaccinations to a new group of people on Wednesday.

The new phase will add high-risk workers in certain settings where there are large numbers of people: grocery stores, food processing and correctional facilities, fishing vessels and buses. It will also apply to people 16 and older who are pregnant or who have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe disease if they contract the virus.

Washington Officials Await Delivery Of New J&J Vaccine

Mar 1, 2021
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Health providers who are vaccinating people for Covid are wondering when they’ll begin receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It’s the third to be approved for use in the U.S.

For Washington hospitals, the answer is they don’t know yet. Cassie Sauer from the state hospital association says her best guess is that the new vaccine will arrive this weekend or early next week.

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The head of the Washington State Hospital Association says retailers have removed about two million counterfeit N-95 masks from store shelves in the state after learning they don’t meet quality standards.

Cassie Sauer says her organization and 40 hospitals in Washington had purchased the 3-M brand masks to supplement their supplies.

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Hospital officials around Washington say they’re most worried about supply as they prepare to ramp up their Covid vaccination efforts. They say the demand for vaccines is outpacing the supply. They’re also worried whether they’ll receive enough shipments for second doses.

But there’s another complicating factor: paperwork.

Supply Worries Hang Over Expanded Vaccination Plans

Jan 19, 2021
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The push to vaccinate more people against Covid in Washington is putting health care providers in an interesting situation.

Dr. Chris Dale, the chief quality officer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, says the uncertainty about supply has some hospitals holding onto Covid vaccines so they have enough to administer second doses, while others are giving as many first shots as they can.

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Health care providers in Washington hope this will be the week the state announces which people will be in the next group eligible for Covid vaccines.

The so-called 1-B group is widely expected to include older people, especially those with underlying health conditions. It may also include people considered frontline essential workers.

Health Care Covid Vaccinations, Challenges and Who's Next

Dec 29, 2020
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Health care organizations around the Northwest are in various stages of inoculating their employees with the new Covid vaccines.

That brings different levels of complications. Those complications include finding enough vaccine to get doses for everyone and then getting them scheduled for shots.

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Rural hospitals in Washington are in better shape than their counterparts in other rural areas around the West and Midwest, in terms of handling Covid surges.

Jacqueline Barton True, the vice president for rural health for the Washington State Hospital Association, says there are several reasons. One, she says, is that Washington was much more aggressive in battling the pandemic during its early days.

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Hospitals in Washington may soon be allowed to resume performing non-essential medical procedures. Hospital administrators are pleased about that, but the union that represents nurses isn’t.

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Hospitals in the Northwest are waiting to see how a new round of federal aid will trickle down to them. This week, Congress approved $75 billion for hospitals as part of its second round of funding for the Payroll Protection Program. 

Northwest Hospitals Hopeful For More Federal Aid

Apr 19, 2020
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Washington hospital officials are hoping Congress and the Trump Administration are able to agree on a package that includes more aid for hospitals.

Cassie Sauer from the Washington State Hospital Association says that money would supplement funds already approved by Congress.

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Nine rural hospitals in Washington have new shipments of hospital masks, thanks to the organization that advocates for them in Olympia. And that organization’s CEO is getting a big kick out of the whole thing.