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Eastern State Hospital nurse dies of COVID-19

Esequiel “Zeke” Cisneros, who worked at the psychiatric facility in Medical Lake for more than 30 years, became critically ill after contracting the novel coronavirus and was treated in a local intensive care unit, his family said in an obituary published Sunday.

Eastern State Hospital patient captured after brief escape

Spokane police early Friday arrested a man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital. Dustin P. Leeds, 39, was last seen at the mental hospital in Medical Lake about 8 p.m. Thursday. He was reported missing about 10 p.m., the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Solve side effect of mental health ruling

Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.