Lewis County Watch

The kitchen at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia remains closed nearly a week after evidence of rodents was discovered.

Patient meals are being prepared at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center across the street off a limited menu, while food trucks have arrived in the hospital parking lot for staff and visitors to patronize while the cafeteria is closed.

Providence St. Peter spokesman Chris Thomas said no other hospital operations have been affected. The rodents in this case are believed to be roof rats.

An investigator from the state Department of Health toured the hospital Tuesday. DOH, which regulates hospitals, does routine inspections when problems arise that have health implications, said DOH spokeswoman Jessica Baggett.

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