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Virginia Mason Works with Health Agencies in Response to Virus Incident
SEATTLE – (Dec. 23, 2020) – As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state and Puget Sound region, several team members and patients receiving inpatient care at Virginia Mason recently tested positive and are isolated or receiving medical treatment.
The organization notified Public Health-Seattle & King County on Dec. 14. It continues to receive support and guidance from the agency and the Washington State Department of Health.
Contact tracing and other surveillance efforts are continuing. Virginia Mason team members and patients are being tested in relationship to their possible exposure to the affected patients and staff. It is not known if the virus was transmitted by a patient, family member, visitor or health care worker.
“This is another reminder of how many cases of COVID-19 there are in the community,” said Chris Baliga, MD, medical director, Infection Prevention. “Everyone must remain vigilant in masking, hand-washing and physical distancing to help slow the spread of the virus. Stay home or seek medical advice if you have any symptoms, aren’t feeling well or if you’ve recently been in the presence of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
“The safety and well-being of our patients and team members is always our highest priority,” Dr. Baliga added. “We remain committed to providing high quality care in a safe environment.”
For COVID-19 safety tips for patients, visitors to the hospital and clinics, and the general public, go to the Virginia Mason website.
About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.
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