Confluence Health staffing shortage means new strategies for pandemic

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WENATCHEE — Confluence Health has started to scale back some of its medical services to make way for the demands of COVID-19.

With 132 new cases reported just today, Central Washington Hospital is treating more and more coronavirus patients, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Lake said yesterday the health system faces some real challenges:

Dr. Lake says hospitalizations for COVID-19 tend to lag behind exposures by 10 to 21 days, so Confluence believes its patient numbers will continue to rise in coming weeks. The hospital system does have a plan to expand its number of beds in case of extreme need.