Dozens of overdosed, injured or dehydrated concert fans are being treated this weekend at Quincy Valley Medical Center near The Gorge Amphitheatre, site of the two-day Paradiso electronic music festival.
The hospital is on pace to match last year’s Paradiso total of 88 patients, medical center spokeswoman Michele Wurl said late Saturday afternoon. Some have been transferred to larger hospitals, she said, including one patient sent Friday night to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Deputies booked 14 people into jail between Thursday morning and Saturday morning, 12 of those for drug offenses. These included methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, Molly and Ecstasy, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies responded to a total 50 incidents, including thefts, two car crashes and one case of road rage where somebody flashed a gun.
The hospital called in extra staff to handle more than double the usual weekend workload, Wurl said. The temperatures, peaking around 75 degrees, are cooler than last year, which may help slow the rate at which people become dangerously dehydrated.
About 25,000 people attended Paradiso last year, and one 21-year-old concert-goer died, The Associated Press said.