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Providence closes hospital department after major COVID-19 outbreak 49



After a severe COVID-19 outbreak, Providence Health & Services has closed a department of its Northeast Portland Hospital, resulting in 49 employees and patients infected with the virus.

It is believed that this epidemic is the largest so far in the Portland Regional Metropolitan Hospital. It broke out around December 20, centered on the 4k ward of the hospital. It is not a COVID unit, but provides treatment for patients who are stable but require continuous, intensive care, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury victims.

Providence spokesperson Gary Walker (Gary Walker) confirmed that there has been an outbreak of bird flu, adding that 36 hospital staff and 1

3 patients were infected with the virus. Walker said that none of them died, and most had no symptoms or had only mild illness.

Jeremy Shipley, a registered nurse with 5 years of experience, worked in Unit 4-k and contracted the virus. He is recovering and plans to return to work this weekend. He said that despite his meticulous attention to safety, catching up with COVID is still catastrophic.

He said: “I have always been a champion of personal protection and prudence.” “I feel very sorry because I am the one who fell among our employees.”

Some hospitals in Oregon have been hit hard by the virus. Since June, a total of 158 employees and patients have contracted COVID in Salem Hospital. Since last summer, another 87 people have been infected at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston. Since last summer, Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg has reported 61 COVID cases.

Earlier this month, an outbreak of 29 people broke out at the PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

This is the fourth outbreak in the Providence plant since November and the largest outbreak so far.

Jeff Manning 971-263-5164 jmanning@oregonian.com


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