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Health District: Public Health Advisory

An urgent message from the Chelan-Douglas Health District:

Aug. 20, 2021: Public health officials and local healthcare leaders are begging Chelan and Douglas county residents to help slow community spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

Our healthcare system is overwhelmed and can no longer assure access to all needed care. Occupancy at Central Washington Hospital has reached an all-time high. The latest facts and figures impacting our local healthcare structure include:

  • 34 hospitalized patients due to COVID-19.
  • 5 in ICU and 14 in critical condition.
  • 32 are NOT FULLY vaccinated.
  • All non-emergent surgeries requiring an inpatient hospital bed are delayed.
  • Those seeking emergent healthcare services should not delay. 24/7 emergency departments are located at both Central Washington and Wenatchee Valley Hospital.

Our local healthcare community needs the cooperation and contribution from its residents. Please:

  • Stay home, stay safe!
  • Wear masks indoors when outside your home.
  • Avoid large events and gatherings.
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine -- vaccination is the best defense.

The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically affected our communities in various ways. Please, support our COVID-19 responders as they take care of our community by following public health recommendations. Help us help you and your loved ones.

-- Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer for the Chelan-Douglas Health District

For more information, visit the health district website.

Last Updated: 08/24/2021 10:32 AM

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