After a dip in census over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Emergency Department (ED) and the hospital had a high surge of patients on Monday, November 29. The ED was at 200% capacity Monday evening with a mental health surge of 16 patients (40% of the normal ED bed capacity).

  • Seattle Children’s continues to see increasing numbers of patients with viral respiratory illnesses, as anticipated. The rise is concerning as people are gathering more this holiday season and we are expecting a large viral surge this winter given the absence of a viral season last year.
  • We continue to see low numbers of children requiring admission for COVID-19.
  • Statewide, most hospitals remain above 100% capacity.  They are also reporting that the delay in many surgeries to manage the ongoing surge has resulted in higher acuity patients presenting to their hospitals.
  • What can you do?
    • Utilize outpatient resources when appropriate to help the hospitals maintain the capacity to care for the sickest patients.
    • Please evaluate how your clinic can increase capacity to see lower acuity patients.
    • Continue to encourage vaccination and safe gatherings.
    • When sending a patient to Seattle Children’s ED, please call our ED Communications Center first at 206-987-8899. Also, please let the family know the ED is at full capacity to help set expectations.