Central Washington Hospital has treated 3 COVID-19 patients who had received a first dose of the vaccine


Central Washington Hospital has treated three COVID-19 patients in the past month who had received a first dose of the vaccine.

All three of those patients had other health issues prior to contracting the virus, said Andrew Canning, director or marketing and communications for Confluence Health.

So far, there have been no local COVID-19 hospital admissions for people who have received both doses of the vaccine, he said.

The number of COVID-19 patients at the Wenatchee hospital has declined significantly since peaking in December and since vaccines became available to older and medically vulnerable individuals.

“While our numbers have improved, we are still seeing unvaccinated patients admitted to the hospital with severe COVID-19,” Canning said.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported Thursday that three Chelan County residents are currently hospitalized at Central Washington Hospital with COVID-19 and none from Douglas County.

There are four additional COVID-19 patients at the hospital from other counties.

Of the three patients who had been partially vaccinated, two were severely immunocompromised with prior organ transplants and one was of advanced age with uncontrolled diabetes, Canning said.

He said it is too early to tell if there has been a significant shift in the age demographics for people admitted to the hospital with COVID-19.

For much of the pandemic, the majority of hospitalizations were older people, those who had underlying health conditions, or both.

The Grant County Health District reported Wednesday that there were 13 county residents hospitalized with COVID-19.

In addition, the health district said it is still awaiting death certificates on seven Grant County residents who died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Grant County Health District does not announce a COVID-19 death until a death certificate is available for review to verify cause of death.