5 workers, 2 patients at psychiatric hospital have COVID-19

SEATTLE (AP) — Five workers and two patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. In the last week, state health officials said that one Western State Hospital employee and two patients were positive for COVID-19, but on Wednesday, officials reported four more employees had the disease. Workers fear it will get worse due to conditions at the sprawling facility and the administration’s policies. A union representative for the staff says they continue to report to work because they care deeply about the patients, but they’re concerned about management’s failure to be proactive with health guidance.