More than 30 have COVID-19 at psychiatric hospital

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of staff at a Washington state psychiatric hospital who have tested positive for the new coronavirus increased in April, but only two patients have been tested this month. That’s despite recommendations from health officials. At least 27 workers at Western State Hospital have the disease, while six patients have tested positive so far and one died. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the facility toward the end of March they sought help from the state health department. State epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist toured the facility and made a list of recommendations, including testing the staff and patients on certain wards. As of Tuesday, only two patients had been tested in April.