...KIRO 7 also reached out to the Washington State Hospital Association.

In a statement, CEO Cassie Sauer said “The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous financial strain on the entire health care system. Between the cancellation of non-urgent procedures and the increased costs associated with the COVID-19 response, the American Hospital Association estimates that the total losses to our nation’s hospitals and health systems will top $200 billion by the end of June. We need the governor to allow hospitals to fully reopen so we can take care of Washingtonians’ health needs and put our people back to work. We thank UW Medicine for all their work responding to this pandemic and for their work putting patients first.”