Washington psychiatric hospital has 21 new COVID-19 cases

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s embattled psychiatric hospital has seen a spike of more than 20 new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. At least 57 workers at Western State Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus since mid-July when that total was 38. Officials say two new patients also have the disease bringing that total to 11. The latest patient to test positive was on the forensic ward. The patient had no symptoms, according to hospital CEO Dave Hold. A psychiatric security attendant also was confirmed positive for the virus. This staff person also had no symptoms, he said.