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Health system working with Public Health — Seattle & King County on community-wide issue

March 1, 2020

SEATTLE — Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center on First Hill is caring for a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

A sample from the patient was sent to the State Department of Health lab for testing and Virginia Mason subsequently learned the test results were positive. The health system, in consultation with Public Health — Seattle & King County, believes this is a community acquired case.

Virginia Mason’s Infection Prevention team and clinical leaders took immediate steps to properly isolate and care for this patient in a safe manner while continuing to closely monitor the community-wide situation in partnership with Public Health officials, and taking measures to continue to ensure the safety of our patients and team members.

Creating a safe environment for patients and team members is the number one priority for Virginia Mason. Team members who were involved in the care of the confirmed COVID-19 patient have been notified and proper protocol is being taken to ensure these team members, and those they interacted with, are safe.

Virginia Mason is following the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that expanded the criteria for assessing patients presenting with respiratory symptoms. For those who are COVID-19 positive, Virginia Mason has established a Special Isolation Unit to facilitate enhanced infection prevention practices.

As part of its partnership with Public Health — Seattle & King County, Virginia Mason will be following their lead related to any joint media briefings.

For the most current updates on this community-wide issue, including recommended prevention and safety measures, visit the Public Health — Seattle & King County website at kingcounty.gov/deps/health.

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