Protestors force Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital into lockout

The group had been brought by a call on social media after a woman claimed her elderly mother had declined a COVID test and was being held against her will

SALMON CREEK — A group of 15 to 20 people gathered outside of Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Friday night, forcing the building into a temporary lock out.

As many as 20 people gathered outside Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Friday night, demanding the release of a patient who had refused a COVID test. Photo by Jacob Granneman
As many as 20 people gathered outside Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Friday night, demanding the release of a patient who had refused a COVID test. Photo by Jacob Granneman

According to a release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, a woman called dispatch at 4:48 p.m. on Friday, saying her mother had been admitted the day before to receive medical treatment. The caller stated she had medical Power of Attorney, but was being denied access to see her mother.

Hospital personnel said the woman had refused to submit to a mandatory COVID test upon being admitted to the hospital, so she had been placed under 24-hour quarantine while receiving medical treatment.

Protesters, some carrying weapons, tried to get into Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital Friday night after a woman said her mother was being held against her will. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Protesters, some carrying weapons, tried to get into Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital Friday night after a woman said her mother was being held against her will. Photo by Jacob Granneman

The hospital said the patient’s daughter had attempted to enter while refusing to wear a mask, and had been turned away.

A deputy arrived a short time later and said he spoke with the patient and, after asking some basic questions, determined she was able to make her own decisions. She told the deputy she wished to remain in the hospital in order to receive treatment.

During that time, a group of people gathered outside the hospital’s emergency department, brought there by a request from the patient’s daughter, and began demanding the patient’s release.

In a livestream on YouTube, a friend of the woman’s daughter had put out a request for “all hands on deck” at the hospital, demanding the release of the patient.

Additional CCSO units responded to the scene at the request of Legacy security personnel after the building had been placed on lockout, during which no one could enter.

Deputies noted that several people arriving were open-carrying firearms, and some had gas masks with them. A total of 22 deputies eventually responded in order to prevent an onrush of people at the entrance.

The release from CCSO says that during the confrontation, a number of people affiliated with the patient’s daughter attempted to force their way into the hospital after the doors had been opened to admit another person unrelated to the incident. Deputies physically pushed them back onto the portico.

One unidentified male again tried to force the door open and assault a deputy. After a warning, the man reportedly again tried to force the door and was sprayed in the face with pepper spray.  No arrests were made during the confrontation.

As many as 20 people gathered outside Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Friday night, demanding the release of a patient who had refused a COVID test. Photo by Jacob Granneman
As many as 20 people gathered outside Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Friday night, demanding the release of a patient who had refused a COVID test. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Just before 8 p.m., the on-scene sergeant notified dispatch that the patient had requested to leave and was being prepared for discharge. 

At approximately 8:40 p.m., the patient was released from the hospital and driven home by family. The crowd dispersed a short time later.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office contributed to this report.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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