Five coronavirus patients being transported to Spokane’s Sacred Heart for treatment


SPOKANE, Wash. — Five patients who have tested positive for coronavirus are being transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Wednesday.

Providence will work with the CDC and other departments to care for the patients while they are under isolation.

In a release, HHS said Providence is one of 10 hospitals in the country with secured airborne infection isolation rooms. For that reason, the hospital was chosen to take the patients.

There is no estimated time for when the patients will arrive, but the health district said they’re expected to come within the next 1-2 days.

“We are coordinating with local partners to safely transport these patients to Sacred Heart,” said Dr. Bob Lutz, a health officer with the Spokane Regional Health District.

“This is all being done following our jointly developed infectious disease protocols that we train and prepare for,” Lutz added. “The risk to the public from this novel coronavirus remains low.”