10 Seattle Children’s ORs to be closed through January because of mold

Seattle Children’s Hospital says 10 of its operating rooms will now remain closed through January to deal with an Aspergillus mold outbreak.

KOMO reports the hospital says they will immediately install custom in-room HEPA filtration in the 10 operating rooms and two equipment storage rooms.

The installation was scheduled to be completed by July, but the hospital says they will now be fully installed by the end of January.

The latest discovery is the second time that the fungus has been detected in operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The previous outbreak led to at least five infections and one death, hospital officials said at the time.

It’s still not clear what caused the mold to resurface. An investigation is underway by the hospital and the state health department.