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30 coronavirus cases in outbreak at Bremerton hospital

Officials say the outbreak at St. Michael Medical Center in Kitsap County involves hospital staff and employees.

State health officials say more than 30 COVID-19 cases have been reported in an outbreak at a Bremerton hospital. 

The Washington State Department of Health said Friday afternoon the outbreak has affected multiple units at St. Michael Medical Center, which is part of the CHI Franciscan system.

Officials say the outbreak involves hospital staff and employees.

The Kitsap Public Health District and state health officials say they are working with the hospital to contain the outbreak after the first case was reported late last week. Patients discharged from the impacted units have been notified and that new admissions and visitation at the hospital is currently limited. 

Public health officials have recommended several mitigation measures, including ongoing COVID-19 testing, robust screening of staff, and limiting non-essential access to the facility, the statement said.  

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