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.

COVID-19 Updates

  • COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron BA.2 subvariant continue to rise regionally and nationally.  We want to ensure there is broad awareness in the healthcare community that King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties are all in HIGH transmission now. 
  • King County is also starting to see an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
  • We encourage people to monitor this information closely as it is changing quickly.
  • Seattle Children’s recently has experienced low numbers of inpatients with COVID-19. A slight bump over the last several days has brought the number of patients admitted with COVID-19 to 12. These are primarily infections identified incidentally from pre-procedural or admit testing and not from severe COVID-19 disease.

Hospital Capacity

  • Seattle Children’s and other hospitals in the region continue to run at extremely high occupancy.  Visits to the Emergency Department and Urgent Care are higher than in the past 2 years.  We continue to utilize rapid triage, tents, lobbies, converted storerooms and other alternate spaces to provide care.

Mental Health/Behavioral Health

  • The crisis in pediatric mental health continues regionally and nationally.  Seattle Children’s is continuing to see large numbers of patients needing this care.  We continue to require use of the emergency department and a satellite boarding area for patients waiting for inpatient beds or disposition.