Officials say the suspect, who turned himself in at the scene, acted alone, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and Texas.
- Minnesota: A man on Tuesday opened fire at Allina Health Clinic in Minnesota, killing one person and injuring four other people. Officials have since arrested the suspect, Gregory Paul Ulrich, who turned himself in at the scene of the crime, the Washington Post reports. According to law enforcement officials, Ulrich has a history of "conflict" dating back to 2003. Officials believe Ulrich acted alone in this incident, but their investigation is ongoing. Authorities did not disclose a motive, although they said they think Ulrich targeted the clinic for personal reasons related to dissatisfaction with medical care he's previously received there. Allina Health in a statement said, "Our hearts our broken. … Right now, our focus is on supporting our staff, their families, and our patients" (Holcombe, CNN, 2/10; Hauck/Berg, USA Today, 2/9; Bailey/Gowen, Washington Post, 2/9).
- District of Columbia: The Senate on Monday voted 87-7 to confirm Denis McDonough as Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary. McDonough has previously served as former President Barack Obama's chief of staff, as well as deputy national security advisor, chief of staff for the national security staff, and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. As VA secretary, McDonough will oversee the Veterans Health Administration, which is the largest integrated health care system in the United States. During his confirmation hearing for the VA post last month, McDonough said President Biden has directed him "to focus on getting our veterans through" America's coronavirus epidemic (AP/Politico, 2/8; Rein, Washington Post, 2/8; Romo, NPR, 2/8).
- Texas: Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas) died on Sunday from Covid-19, two weeks after both he and his wife were hospitalized for the disease. Wright, who was 67, is the first sitting member of Congress to die from Covid-19. He had announced on Jan. 21 that he'd tested positive for the novel coronavirus "after coming in contact with an individual with the virus" the previous week. Wright also had been receiving treatment for stage 4 lung cancer, which he first announced on July 29, 2019 (Wallace, Houston Chronicle, 2/8; Jeffers/Benning, Dallas Morning News, 2/8; Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2/8).