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Hepatitis C Testing Results

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Hepatitis investigation data as of Aug. 27, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup

On April 30, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup announced a potential hepatitis C exposure. It involves around 2,800 patients who visited that Emergency Department between Aug. 4, 2017 and March 23, 2018. The hospital is notifying those patients. They are also arranging free testing and, if needed, free treatment.

As with any disease investigation, we want to make sure everyone who may be at risk gets tested. The charts below show how our investigation is moving along, and what we have uncovered so far. For more information about these numbers, head to our blog.

Hepatitis C investigation test results



Hepatitis C investigation test Results
May 8
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 7
June 13
June 20
June 28 July 5
July 12 July 25
Aug. 9
Aug. 27 
Total tests
 1065  1294  1430  1533  1606  1713  1771  1782

 1783

 1788  1858  1892  1914

Negative tests

(negative Hep. C test)

 1028  1252
 1376  1473  1542  1648  1704 1713   1713  1718  1787  1816  1838

Not related

(Hep. C positive, unrelated to investigation)

 16  20  36  41  43  47  49  50  50  50  53  57  59

Under investigation or Unable to Determine

(Hep. C positive, source is not yet certain or cannot be determined)

 12  12  7  8  10  6  6  7  7  6  5  6  4

Probable cases

(Hep. C positive, under investigation awaiting CDC lab testing)

 7  8  9  11  3  4  4  4  5  6  1  1  0

Confirmed cases

(Hep. C positive, confirmed genetic match by CDC lab testing)

 2  2  2  2  8  8  8  8  8  8  12  12  13

Breakdown of investigation results



Hepatitis cases state and county-wide

Over the past several years, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has increased its surveillance activity to identify and follow up on hepatitis C infections in our community. Because of the opioid epidemic, these efforts to track and control hepatitis C have become increasingly important. Increased hepatitis surveillance can also identify infection not related to the opioid epidemic.

Acute hepatitis C cases for Washington State and Pierce County

*State numbers not yet finalized

**State numbers not yet finalized; 2019 County numbers through April