Washington hospitals ‘pretty full’ amid spike in COVID-19 cases
The latest increase in the number of COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant and causing serious illness in unvaccinated people is straining the Washington state health system, officials said.
Washington State Hospital Association officials held a briefing on Monday led by CEO Cassie Sauer, who was joined by Dr. John Lynch of UW Medicine and Florence Chang, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MultiCare Health System, KING-5 reported.
Sauer said the current increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 is frightening, physically and emotionally draining for healthcare workers, who have been battling the pandemic for more than a year and a half.
Due to the outbreak, the hospital association’s board of directors is urging hospitals and healthcare providers to demand that their employees get vaccinated, with a few exceptions, Sauer said.
“It’s a big deal,” Sauer said. “We understand that vaccine requirements are controversial, but we believe it is the right thing to do. “
Washington State Medical Association President Dr Nathan Schlicher also said he supports providers who require employees to be vaccinated, saying patients should be safe to go to the clinic. hospital without “leaving sicker”.
Health officials continue to call on those who are not vaccinated to be vaccinated, as the unvaccinated continue to account for nearly all new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.