Psychiatric hospital to move patients out to relieve staff

SEATTLE (AP) — State mental health officials plan to release as many as 60 patients from Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital in order to reduce some of the stress that the new coronavirus has placed on staff at the 850-bed facility. Sixteen workers and six patients at Western State Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and one patient died. Behavioral Health Assistant Secretary Sean Murphy says moving some civil-commitment patients to group homes or supported-living facilities will help relieve some of the strain on the system.