Five coronavirus patients are being transferred to Spokane to be treated at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
KHQ reports the hospital will be working closely to with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health while they are under isolation.
Washington State Department of Health released the following statement:
The Department of Health stands ready to support the Spokane Regional Health District and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane in preparation for the arrival of 5 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We want to reiterate that the risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low.
The health workers at Sacred Heart in Spokane are trained to offer the safest, highest quality care to their patients. Sacred Heart’s Special Pathogens Unit is specially equipped to treat patients with infectious diseases as well.
We have the highest confidence in the medical professionals assisting with the care and transport for these people and we remain committed to assisting our partners in Spokane as needed.
Sacred Heart Medical Center was selected because of its secured airborne infection isolation rooms. They are one of 10 hospitals in the country with this specialized treatment center.