Three months before Bridge Chiropractic in Salmon Creek exposed more than 300 individuals to coronavirus, complaints began to trickle in to the state Department of Health.
The very first grievance came on June 19 from Vancouver resident Maya Heim, who was worried when she visited the office for a massage and saw just one out of more than 6 staff members using a mask, according to Heim's grievance.
At that time, the department opted for “technical support” and education instead of an examination or discipline for Bridge Chiropractic, which, according to its website, becomes part of Chiro One Wellness Centers, a company based in Illinois– Bridge and Chiro One agents have actually not responded to requests for comment.
2 more grievances followed in July, which triggered an investigation by Washington's Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission. Another grievance was submitted in late August, the fourth and last complaint prior to Clark County Public Health revealed that a Bridge worker infected with coronavirus had actually exposed 300 clients and 14 coworkers to the infection over the course of 4 days last week (Sept. 8 to 11).
In a Wednesday press briefing, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick stated mask-wearing was “irregular” by clients and staff during the direct exposure period. Public health authorities have actually repeatedly advised people use masks when in distance to people outside their household to avoid illness transmission.