Three months before Bridge Chiropractic in Salmon Creek exposed more than 300 individuals to coronavirus, complaints started to drip in to the state Department of Health.
The first grievance came on June 19 from Vancouver resident Maya Heim, who was worried when she checked out the office for a massage and saw just one out of more than 6 staff members wearing a mask, according to Heim's complaint.
At that time, the department opted for “technical support” and education instead of an investigation or discipline for Bridge Chiropractic, which, according to its site, belongs to Chiro One Wellness Centers, a company based in Illinois– Bridge and Chiro One agents have not reacted to ask for comment.
Two more problems followed in July, which triggered an examination by Washington's Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission. Another problem was submitted in late August, the 4th and last grievance prior to Clark County Public Health revealed that a Bridge employee infected with coronavirus had exposed 300 patients and 14 coworkers to the infection throughout 4 days last week (Sept. 8 to 11).
In a Wednesday press instruction, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said mask-wearing was “irregular” by patients and staff during the direct exposure period. Public health authorities have actually consistently recommended people wear masks when in distance to people outside their home to avoid disease transmission.