41 cases tied to January COVID-19 outbreak at Washington state hospital

A COVID-19 outbreak discovered in January at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash., includes positive cases for 20 patients and 21 staff members, but no additional cases as of Feb. 15, according to the Kent Reporter.

The hospital became aware of the outbreak the week of Jan. 25 and initially linked the cluster to 27 cases in the first-floor surgical unit and on the third floor. The number of cases rose to 41 as of Feb. 8 as St. Francis continued testing patients and staff. 

In a Feb. 17 update, officials said they are continuing "limited surveillance testing out of an abundance of caution for employees" who work on the affected units. The hospital also resumed admissions to the first-floor surgical unit and continues to isolate COVID-19 patients on the third floor to limit staff interactions between patients who have COVID-19 and those who don't. 

Additional COVID-19 safety measures also remain in place, the hospital said. 


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