News in a COVID 19 World | Northwest News | April 18, 2020

We are going back to our roots of covering Public Safety and other news in today’s COVID19 world.  Here are the stories that are happening in the Northwest on this Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Thank you for reading our post and we wish you to remain healthy and safe.  – Ed.

Washington State

COVID cases

  • In the State, there were 11,802 confirmed cases with 624 total deaths.  About 135,706 have been tested and cases are approximately 8.78% are testing postive as up to April 14, 2020. Datat was backlogged from April 4th.
  • There are 436 unassigned total confirmed cases.
  • Everyday, acute care hospitals are reporting the number of patients with lab-confirmed COVID cases in their hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) to the Department of Health.

Age Groups

  • 3% of those 0-19 years of age are confirmed cases; there have been no deaths among this age group.
  • 28% of the confirmed cases are those aged between 20-39 years of age and none of them have been reported as dying.
  • 34% of confirmed cases are 40-59 years of age and 8% in this age group have been reported as deaths.
  • 24% of confirmed cases are those aged from 60-79 years old. About 37% of them have died.
  • Those who are over 80 years of age are about 10% of the confirmed cases and over half of them are dying which equals to about 54% of this age group.
  • About 52% of the confirmed cases are women and about 43% of them are dying.
  • Men equate to 45% of the confirmed cases and about 57% of them are passing away.
  • There is a 3% unknown/give or take in the numbers.

Race Stats

  • Hardest hit populations of confirmed cases are:  about 54% are white or about 3,676 individuals (68% of the State population); 26% of the cases are hispanic or about 13% of the State population. Black population is about 451 confirmed cases and about 7% of the total cases, or about 4% of the State’s population.
  • About 416 white patients passed away which has been 75% of all total deaths followed by 11% Asian cases at 59 total deaths or 11% of the total deaths, about 9% of the State’s popluation.

Hospitalizations

The State’s residents and businesses have been pushing the local Government into reopening but some are warning of great impacts to more confirmed cases and increased deaths.

There are 92 acute care hospitals in the State, excluding 2 military hospitals. Behavioral health hospitals are excluded from the number count.  Information is reported daily to the State’s Public Health agency.

Here is what the week of April 10-17th looked like for our hospitals.

4/10/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reported in
  • 651 COVID cases
  • 191 in ICU

4/11/2020, SATURDAY

  • 50 hospitals reported in – decrease of reporting by 33 hospitals
  • 528 COVID cases – down by 123  COVID patients cases
  • 166 in ICU – down by 25 patients

4/12/2020, SUNDAY

  • 46 hospitals reporting in – decreased by 4
  • 388 COVID cases reported – a decrease of 140
  • 99 in ICU – down by 67 patients

4/13/2020, MONDAY

  • 89 hospitals reporting in – an increase of 43 hospitals
  • 645 COVID cases reported – a large increase of 257 cases
  • 194 in ICU – an increase up to 95 patients

4/14/2020, TUESDAY

  • 88 hospitals reporting – down by 1 hospital
  • 618 COVID cases reported – down 27 hospitalized
  • 201 ICU patients – increased up 7 patients

4/15/2020, WEDNESDAY

  • 87 hospitals reporting in – down by 1 facility
  • 622 hospitalized COVID cases – up 4 patients
  • 195 ICU patients – down from 6 patients

4/16/2020, THURSDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – down 4
  • 518 COVID hospitalized patients – down from 104 patients
  • 155 in ICU – down from 40 from the day before

4/17/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – remains the same
  • 586 COVID patients – up from 38
  • 193 in ICU – an increase of 38

4/18/2020, SATURDAY

ADAMS

  • Cases:  40 confirmed w/0 deaths.

ASOTIN

  • Cases: 12 total.. 0 deaths.

BENTON

  • Cases: 304. 34 total deaths.

Chelan

  • 65 total cases. 5 deaths.

Clallam

  • 14 total cases.  0 deaths.

Clark

  • 264 total cases. 15 total deaths.

Columbia

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Cowlitz

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

Douglas

  • 31 total cases. 1 death.

Ferry

  • 1 total case. 0 deaths.

Franklin

  • 177 total cases. 4 deaths.

Garfield

  • 0 cases.

Grant

  • 137 total cases. 2 deaths.

Grays Harbor

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Island

  • 157 total cases. 8 deaths.

Jefferson

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

King

Photo Credit:  City of Seattle.gov

  • 5,024 total cases. 339 deaths.
  • 136 total cases. 1 death.

(Source:  Seattle-King County Department of Public Health)

  • Amazon workers call for a virtual walkout in response to firings and working conditions amid the pandemic. (Source: Local news media)
  • UW coronavirus model says the State can safely reopen the week of May 18, 2020. (Source: News media)
  • Seattle: Parks remain open this weekend for walking, running, passing through. NO crowds or they’ll be shutdown. (Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County)
  • King County trails are closed and its making some residents unhappy. (Source: One poster asks the media)
  • Olympia: protesters plan to gather in Olympia to protest the stay-at-home order on Sunday, April 19, 2020. WSP won’t stop the protest but will enforce social distancing. (Source: Media)
  • COVID patients with Kidney failure: A nationwide alarm to get more ventilators for those with an unexpected toll on those with this medical condition. The plea has been ongoing for weeks. (Source:  Media)
  • Seattle’s Army Hospital: closes after 3 days without treating a single patient. (Source: US Army)
  • Online gardening classes:  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/education/events.aspx
  • Lake Washington Schools:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1250931932302438400
  • King County Metro:  1st Driver, Samina Hameed, 59 to have died from the coronavirus.
  • Duvall Distillery:  Produces hand sanditizer not vodka.

Video Credit King County TV

  • 27 confirmed cases from Life Care Center – Kirkland

Kittitas 

  • 14 total cases. 0 cases.

Klickitat

  • 16 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lewis

  • 20 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lincoln

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Mason

  • 22 total cases. 0 deaths.

Okanogan

  • 14 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pacific

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pend Oreille

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pierce  

  • 1,074 total cases. 32 deaths.

San Juan

  • 15 total cases. 0 deaths.

Skagit

  • 230 total cases. 7 deaths.

Skamania

  • 3 total cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish

Cases

  • 2,093 total confirmed cases.
  • 164 probable cases.
  • 267 isolated at home or in long-term care with 2 in a facility.
  • 1,503 recovered cases.
  • 91 total deaths.
  • 325 under investigation.
  • 69 hospitalized.
  • 1st confirmed case was on January 21, 2020.
  • 1,207 total cases are females; 1,050 are males
  • Snohomish Co Health District: Case counts updated twice daily

Spokane

  • 298 total confirmed cases. 15 deaths.

Stevens

  • 8 total cases. 1 death.

Thurston

  • 92 total cases. 1 death.

Wahkiakum

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla

  • 27 total cases. 0 deaths.

Whatcom

  • 273 total cases, 26 deaths.

Whitman

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Yakima 

  • 748 total cases. 35 deaths.

State Resources

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WA PUBLIC HEALTH: Health Providers Alert – January 24, 2014

For immediate release: January 24, 2014 [14-011]
Contact:  Media inquiries: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office,  360-236-4074
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service, 360-236-4700

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Chelan County

In November 2013 the Chiropractic Commission ended conditions on the credential of chiropractorJason C. Schroeder (CH00003389).

Clallam County

In December 2013 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program charged paramedic Paul Rynearson (ES00106508) with unprofessional conduct. Rynearson allegedly took and used narcotics kept at the fire department where he worked and reportedly came to work appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Clark County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program agreed to reinstate the registered nursing assistant credential of Mayra I. Garcia (NA00195349) and placed her credential on probation for at least one year. Garcia’s credential was suspended in 2011 after she didn’t comply with a stipulation issued after being convicted in 2007 of third-degree theft and driving while intoxicated.

Grant County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended conditions on the credential of chemical dependency professional Estela Yarrito (CP00003751).

Island County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Cassandra Denise Pendergrass (NA60414482) and placed her license on probation for at least two years. In 2004 Pendergrass was convicted in Nevada of embezzling $2,500 or more.

King County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Shakun Nandeshwar Sharma (CO60294692) and placed her credential on probation. Sharma must take continuing education in professional law and ethics and undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. She was convicted of five gross misdemeanors and two misdemeanors between 2006 and 2012.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacist Michael S. Jones(PH00010993).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission fined Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc.(CF60030054) $2,500 after it was found to have allowed a pharmacy assistant, who misrepresented herself as a pharmacy technician to its human resource department, to perform tasks limited to pharmacy technicians.

In December 2013 the Medical Assistant Program ended conditions on the credential of medical assistant Bridgett Dianne Miller (MR60402878).

In December 2013 the Dental Commission denied a dental assistant credential to Randy Allen Ivie(D160332886), who had several convictions including 12 felonies, two gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor between 1985 and 2012.

Pierce County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Darla Jean Oliphint (CO60234960).

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Tena K. Bremmeyer (CO60153438).

In December 2013 the Counselor Program charged chemical dependency professional, marriage and family therapist associate, and marriage and family therapist Jennifer Armstrong Ferguson(CP00005222, MG60171687, LF60079410) with unprofessional conduct. Ferguson allegedly provided substandard care.

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Karen Ann Price(RN60181825) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Price was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Snohomish County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program lifted the suspension for registered counselor credential holder Susan A. Martin (RC00059495). The credential itself was abolished in 2010.

Spokane County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Patricia Noel Shropshire (CO60418513) and placed her credential on probation. Shropshire must take continuing education in professional law and ethics, and undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2012 she was convicted of driving while intoxicated and received deferred prosecution on another charge.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacy technician Jill M. Horstman (VA00048105).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy assistant Casey V. McGaughy(VB00071773) with unprofessional conduct. While working at a pharmacy, McGaughy allegedly diverted medications for his personal use.

Thurston County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Lori Jean Tenny(RN00121398) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. On an application to reactivate her expired credential, Tenny allegedly said she has a medical condition that impairs her ability to practice, a conclusion her primary care provider supported.

In December 2013 the Counselor Program conditionally granted an agency affiliated counselor credential to Shane Lynn Morris (CG60293762) and placed her credential on probation. Morris must undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program, and is required to take continuing education in professional law and ethics. She was convicted of 40 felonies and one gross misdemeanor between 2005 and 2009.

Walla Walla County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission denied the request of Bob L. Ratcliff (RN00159108) to reinstate his registered nursing credential, which was suspended in 2005 and again in 2011, when he didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program. The commission found that he was still out of compliance.

Whatcom County

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission modified an agreement with pharmacist David Alexander Glen (PH60216257), lifting probation from his license but still requiring that he comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Marianne Zweegman (NA00130895) with unprofessional conduct. The Department of Social and Health Services prohibited her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults. Zweegman was found to have neglected vulnerable adults in her adult family home.

Whitman County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program ended conditions on the credential of mental health counselor Lori Woodward Bobo (LH60168278).

Out of State

Idaho: In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Natalie A. Fister(LP00053334) with unprofessional conduct. Fister notified the commission that in 2013 she was convicted in Idaho of driving under the influence of alcohol (third or more offense).

Idaho: In December 2013 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the credential of dental assistant Breanna Fern Bailiff (D160249600).

Oregon: In December 2013 the Hearing and Speech Board charged speech language pathologistJocelyn Louise Meussdorffer (LL60262909) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms of a previous agreement.

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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