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2014 1230 hospital drill

A gurney is rushed into a doctor’s office at Island Hospital as part of a drill Tuesday night. The drill’s scenario: an angry patient comes to the doctor’s office and shoots and injures four patients, who needed to be taken to the hospital’s Emergency Room.

The drill was designed to allow police responders and hospital staff to train should a violent incident arise on the hospital grounds.

The drill was invisible to most visitors to the hospital as it took place inside a doctor’s office then the people who played injured were moved from the doctor’s office to ER by ambulance.

All a visitor might see were signs indicating a drill was taking place as well as the so-called victims were wheeled into the Emergency Room.

Anacortes Police and Fire departments took part in the drill.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times