Officials are investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 that has reached 14 people at a Vancouver hospital
Health officials are investigating the COVID-19 outbreak in Vancouver, Washington, where 10 patients and four employees on one floor have tested positive.
Five of the 14 cases at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center have been fully vaccinated, officials said, and patients who have developed symptoms have not.
COVID-19 cases Rise nationwide like The delta variant virus is spreading. PeaceHealth’s exposure samples are sent to the Washington Department of Health for delta variant testing.
“While COVID-19 activity has decreased in Clark County in recent weeks, the virus continues to spread and we still have a large portion of our community not immune,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer and Director of Public Health. COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing infection, but they are not perfect.
Officials said the hospital is temporarily restricting visitors. The floor is also closed to new patients.
Dr. Lawrence Neville, chief medical officer, said infection prevention specialists at PeaceHealth and Clark County Public Health are investigating the outbreak.
“This situation is an unfortunate reminder that while most of our country has fully reopened, this deadly virus remains,” he said.