Recent member news: 9/3/2021

September 3, 2021

Washington state health care system faces ‘enormous stress’ as COVID hospitalizations continue to rise
The coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer Washington communities, filling hospitals at an “alarming” rate and straining health care workers particularly concerned about pregnant and unvaccinated patients, state hospital leaders said Monday…

Tacoma area hospitals turning to tents to accommodate rush of patients amid COVID surge
Another health system in Tacoma on Monday said it’s having to turn to redeployed staff and tents to accommodate patients in a devastating COVID-19 surge that is putting the state and Pierce County to the test…

Record COVID hospitalizations straining healthcare system
Washington hospital officials continue to sound the alarm over the surging number of COVID-19 cases and the stress it’s putting on the health care system…

Hospital leaders paint bleak picture of COVID in Wash. state with hospitalizations spiking
Hospital leaders from throughout the state painted the picture themselves Monday morning in a press conference, saying mass gatherings and fairs are bad ideas…

PeaceHealth places unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave Wednesday, prompting unfair labor charge
As of Wednesday, more than 94% of PeaceHealth caregivers had met the employer’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements and those who did not were placed on unpaid leave, according to the organization…

COVID-19 hospitalizations near an all-time high at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee are nearing an all-time high...

Seattle Children’s confirms its first patient death from COVID
Seattle Children’s on Tuesday confirmed its first patient death from COVID-19, an announcement that comes as hospital leaders throughout the state warn of growing numbers of infections in children…

As COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline draws near, unions hurry to reach bargaining deals
The deadline for many Washington employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or face job termination is growing near, and so is the fight over how it will happen…

Providence postpones surgeries as local, statewide COVID hospitalizations still surging
Providence announced that due to the surge in COVID-19 patients, it is postponing elective surgeries and procedures at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital…


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