UW Medicine is responding to the impact of the fast-spreading omicron variant by establishing capacity and staffing strategies to ensure high-quality care to all patients.
January 14, 2022

UW Medicine on Jan. 14 reached a record high of COVID-19 inpatients, 194, across its hospitals. The highly transmissible omicron variant is putting a significant strain on health systems nationally. 

Also spreading is renewed confusion over best masking tactics to combat omicron. Dr. John Lynch, medical director of infection prevention and control at Harborview Medical Center, says enhancing your current masking practices is a great first move.
January 13, 2022

The omicron variant is pummeling Washington state and has also brought an influx of patients to hospitals nationwide. UW Medicine hospitals have reached a record high of 188 COVID patients as of today, Jan. 13.

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January 7, 2022

The omicron variant's enhanced ability to transmit COVID-19 is a good reason to consider the protection afforded by face masks. 

January 7, 2022

The FDA has approved 28 of the more than 1,000 such diagnostics commercially available worldwide.

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December 30, 2021

Beginning Jan. 4, 2022, UW Medicine will prioritize COVID-19 nasal swab tests for people with appointments who have symptoms of respiratory illness or who have a known exposure to COVID-19.

December 30, 2021

A surgical mask provides the best protection against omicron's extreme transmissibility.

Demand for COVID-19 PCR tests through UW Medicine is rising amid the spread of the omicron variant and ahead of many holiday gatherings.
December 23, 2021

Omicron has become the dominant strain of COVID-19 throughout King County, according to Harborview Medical Center's medical director for infection prevention and control, Dr.

December 20, 2021

Researchers show that study participants can be safely, effectively monitored at home for drugs’ potential arrhythmic effects.

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December 10, 2021

As of Friday, Dec. 10, UW Medicine hospitals were treating 18 inpatients for COVID-19, as systemwide totals this week dropped below 25 for the first time since July.

Effective Dec. 6, UW Medical Center’s two campuses are changing the policy regarding patient visitors.
December 3, 2021

Effective Monday, Dec.


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