Patient at Western State Hospital tests positive for COVID-19

Patient at Western State Hospital tests positive for COVID-19

A sign near the main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. (AP photo)

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A patient at Western State Hospital in Lakewood tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

Officials said the patient went to a Pierce County hospital on March 13, for outpatient surgery and developed a postoperative fever.

The patient came back to Western on March 15 but continued to have a fever, which caused the hospital begin standard infection control measures, according to DSHS.

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State officials said the patient went back to the same Pierce County hospital the next day after their fever continued, and tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, the patient remains at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to DSHS.

Officials said all patients at Western State will be screened for coronavirus symptoms several times a day. The hospital will limit patient movement off wards and restrict staff movement between units.

All staff at Western continue to self-screen for coronavirus symptoms, officials said.

Officials said all who visited the state hospital between March 13-16 are being encouraged to monitor for symptoms.