Statewide groups raise alarm over Washington hospital capacity as COVID on the rise


Jayson Dick, the Associate Director of Labor Advocacy at the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion is concerned about the resources it will take to handle the growing number of cases.

Hospital prepared­ness is more than having enough beds and venti­la­tors. It’s about having enough staff to take care of patients,” Dick said.

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, which repre­sents over 17,000 nurses, is hearing the concerns from the frontlines.

We have two hospi­tals that have already seen signif­i­cant COVID-19 outbreaks,” he said.

As of Nov. 9, St. Michael Medical Center in Bremerton had four patients and two employees who have tested positive for coron­avirus in the 3 West Unit. St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma uncov­ered a total of 12 employees who have tested positive as a result of commu­nity spread.

Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion says it has heard of hospi­tals strug­gling with PPE.

We need the equip­ment. We need the staffing, and we need to be taken care of so that we can make sure that our patients are getting the best care possible,” Dick said.


KING5: Statewide groups raise alarm over Washington hospital capacity as COVID on the rise (11/12/20)