Washington Hospital has received numerous calls from concerned community
members who are hearing rumors about a high number of COVID-19 patient
admissions to our Hospital. We want to provide everyone with accurate
and timely information to help dispel this rapidly circulating rumor.
Like every other hospital in the region, Washington Hospital has been treating
patients with COVID-19 since the spring of 2020, but currently Washington
Hospital is NOT experiencing an increase in COVID-19 patients requiring
hospital admission. While the Hospital did have a large number of COVID-19
patients in our care earlier this year, the number of COVID-19 patients
in the hospital has been low for weeks – and remains low today.
For the last several weeks, the total number of COVID-19 patients in our
care has been in the single digits. The COVID-19 variants that are being
seen in this county and the state have also held steady. The list of known
variants in the area remain the same and include: B.1.1.7 (first identified
in UK), B.1.351 (first identified in South Africa), P.1 (first identified
in Brazil) and B.1.427 and B.1.429 (first identified in CA, sometimes
referred to as West Coast or California variants). Currently, the variant
known as B.1.617 (also referred to as the Indian variant) is NOT a known
variant of concern locally.
This is a great opportunity to remind everyone that COVID-19 vaccination
is a highly effective way to fight the pandemic. We encourage eligible
community members (ages 16 and older) to get the vaccine. Washington Township
Medical Foundation continues to run our community vaccination clinic and
is currently offering all three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and
Johnson & Johnson). For more information about scheduling an appointment,
go to whhs.com/covid or call our vaccination call center at 510.248.8200.
In advance, we thank our community for being vigilant. We ask that you
help us share confirmed information to prevent further misinformation.