Report: Hospital procedures may have worsened outbreak

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A new report from the state Department of Health says aerosol-generating procedures may have contributed to the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak at a Bremerton hospital, which has confirmed at least 70 infections. The Seattle Times reports according to the findings, the outbreak at St. Michael Medical Center could possibly be traced to procedures performed on asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The report also stated that hospital staff were using personal protective equipment longer than recommended by current national guidelines. The report also cites the timing of room turnover as another possible reason for exposure.