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
||June 28||July 5
||July 12||July 25
(negative Hep. C test)
(Hep. C positive, unrelated to investigation)
Under investigation or Unable to Determine
(Hep. C positive, source is not yet certain or cannot be determined)
(Hep. C positive, under investigation awaiting CDC lab testing)
(Hep. C positive, confirmed genetic match by CDC lab testing)
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