14 hospitals that faced COVID-19 outbreaks this year

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The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened infection risks in the hospital setting, causing some facilities to experience outbreaks among patients and staff.

Below are fourteen hospitals that have faced COVID-19 outbreaks since January. 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Outbreaks are listed from most to least recent.

1. Sandusky, Ohio-based Firelands Regional Medical Center reported a COVID-19 outbreak among 11 staff members, a hospital spokesperson told Becker's Oct. 28.

2. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, based in the Seattle area, reported an outbreak that infected 13 staff members at Silverdale, Wash.-based St. Michael Medical Center. The system also experienced an outbreak at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., that affected five patients and seven staff members.

3. A dozen staff members at Durango, Colo.-based Mercy Regional Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-August. 

4. In August, state CDC officials investigated two separate COVID-19 outbreaks involving nine healthcare workers at Portland-based Maine Medical Center and eight workers at Belfast, Maine-based Waldo County General Hospital. 

5. Ten patients and four employees at Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital said July 18.

6. Six patients and employees at Presque Isle, Maine-based Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital said June 1.

7. Twenty staff members and patients at Duke Raleigh (N.C.) Hospital tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak traced to an inpatient unit for surgical and oncology patients. Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health System disclosed the outbreak March 22.

8. Twenty patients and 21 staff members at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash., tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that began the week of Jan. 25.  

9. Five staff members at Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center's inpatient medical oncology unit tested positive for COVID-19. The first case was identified Jan. 22.

10. As of Jan. 20, 31 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Charles Health System's hospital campus in Redmond, Ore.

11. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus identified a COVID-19 outbreak involving 27 employees and six patients at its Ohio State East Hospital, the organization said Jan. 6. 

12. Kaiser Permanente San Jose (Calif.) Medical Center reported 44 COVID-19 cases among staff members, including one fatal case, hospital officials told NBC Bay Area Jan. 3.

Editor's note: This article was updated Nov. 3 at 9:05 a.m. CT.

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