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Special Update: Seattle Children’s Now Offers COVID-19 Vaccines to Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years Old

Starting today, Seattle Children’s is offering appointments to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years (under 6 years old) to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, based on recent approvals from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. We are grateful to be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to young patients.

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Update on COVID-19 and Hospital Capacity

  • Our Emergency Department (ED) continues to experience very high volumes. Children are coming in for a variety of reasons, primarily related to COVID-19, other viruses, mental health concerns and normal childhood injuries.

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News on Measles, COVID-19 and Our Current Hospital Capacity

A special bulletin of Provider News was sent on Monday, May 2 with the following information. We are including it here again for those who may have missed it:

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Special Update: Important News About Measles, COVID-19, and Our Current Hospital Capacity

From: Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access and Dinarte Viveiros, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Associate Chief Nurse, Inpatient and Emergency Services

Measles Mimics

  • We have had a number of patients present to our Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care (UC) with possible measles. While we are not seeing an increase in measles cases, an unidentified patient or family member concerning for measles can have a huge impact on our facilities.  These have caused the closures of our urgent care clinics and ED waiting rooms at times. Confirmed measles cases have resulted in exposures and the need for immunizations or immunoglobulin for patients who are unvaccinated or severely immunocompromised.
  • If you suspect measles and are sending a patient for evaluation, please call first at 206-987-8899 so we can provide a safe way to enter a room and be evaluated without impacting other patients. Please also advise the family to wait in their car and call us on arrival.

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COVID-19 and Hospital Capacity Updates

COVID-19 Testing for the Community Is Now Available Again

Seattle Children’s is once again offering COVID-19 testing for community members age 20 and younger. A doctor’s order is needed and an appointment must be scheduled. Walk-ins are not accepted. Appointments are available 7 days a week at Seattle Children’s urgent care locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and the Sand Point Learning Center near the hospital (drive-through; Monday through Saturday).

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Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

March 2, 2022: We are continuing to see declines in COVID-19 cases in the community.  The number of patients admitted to Seattle Children’s for COVID-19 has fallen to below 10 for the first time since December 2021.  The overall inpatient census fell over mid-winter break but is expected to rise to high levels again.  We continue to see very high numbers of patients needing mental and behavioral health care.  The numbers of patients with RSV continues to be low.  We have not seen any significant influenza activity.

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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

From: Dr. Brianna Enriquez, Medical Director of Emergency Management and Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access

Washington state:

  • This has been a very challenging few months in the pandemic, as the omicron variant led to all-time highs in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

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Seattle Children’s announces temporary suspension of COVID-19 testing for the community

Due to a shortage of testing reagents combined with a surge in demand for testing, we must temporarily decrease the number of COVID-19 tests administered at Seattle Children’s.  We have temporarily suspended COVID-19 testing for the community.  Effective immediately, we are not accepting referrals from primary care providers for COVID-19 testing.

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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

Seattle Children’s system-wide number of positive COVID-19 swabs has been approximately doubling every week for the past four weeks and is about three times higher than any other time in the pandemic. Not only are the raw numbers increasing but our positivity rate has gone from about 2% a few weeks ago to nearly 20% last week.

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