Two of Ketchikan’s COVID-19 patients worked at the town clinic

(Photo via KRBD)
(PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. Photo via KRBD)

Two healthcare workers are among Ketchikan’s six confirmed coronavirus cases. That’s according to a Sunday afternoon news release from PeaceHealth, the Washington state-based nonprofit that runs Ketchikan’s hospital.

PeaceHealth spokesperson Mischa Chernick said in a Sunday afternoon phone interview that one of the employees recently spent a day with patients at PeaceHealth Medical Group, the hospital’s outpatient clinic. The other, she said, was an administrator at the clinic. She declined to provide more specific information, citing medical privacy laws.

The clinic will be closed Monday and Tuesday as crews disinfect the building. Patients with scheduled appointments will be contacted for a telemedicine appointment or to reschedule for a later date, according to the release.

The two PeaceHealth employees are in isolation at home, the release said.