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On upcoming consecutive Fridays - May 18 and May 25 - a crane again will be placed outside Virginia Mason Medical Center’s former Emergency Department entrance at the corner of Spring Street and Terry Avenue. The crane will be used for preparing the roof and placing a new air-handling unit. While the crane work is occurring, vehicle traffic will be limited to ambulances and local access only. There is no impact to pedestrian traffic expected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this activity causes. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mike Sprouse, Virginia Mason Communications, (206) 583-6541,

A Note About Whooping Cough

We wanted to take this opportunity to add a note about the pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic. The Washington State Department of Health reports whooping cough cases are continuing to increase. As of April 30, more than 1,100 pertussis cases were reported compared to 117 last year during the same time period. This is the highest number of reported cases in more than six decades and it is expected this epidemic will continue for several months.

Whooping cough vaccines are recommended for all children and adults. The shots children get as part of standard childhood vaccinations wear off over time. Everyone age 11 and older should get a whooping cough booster, called Tdap. It's especially important for anyone who has close contact with babies younger than 12 months to get a dose of Tdap to help protect the baby from whooping cough. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, health care providers and child care providers.

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