MONTESANO — Grays Harbor County Commissioner Herb Welch says he’s being released from the hospital on Wednesday, but says it’ll take a few weeks before he’ll be good enough to resume his duties as county commissioners.
Welch was first admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center on June 19, after doctors at Grays Harbor Community Hospital found problems with his aorta, according to friends and family. He immediately had issues with his blood pressure and required to be sedated. At one point, he even needed a machine to help him breathe. Until a few days ago, he was listed as “serious” in Harborview’s Intensive Care Unit. “Right now, I only have one of my legs that work,” Welch said. “I can’t even really get around in a wheel chair.” Welch says he’ll need physical therapy and conditioning just to be able to use a wheel chair.
Welch said he feels that fellow Commissioners Frank Gordon and Wes Cormier are more than capable of running the county in his absence.
On Monday, Gordon and fellow Commissioner Wes Cormier divided up Welch’s committee assignments to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Welch thanked the community for weeks of prayers and says he looks forward to helping the public again. “First, I need to get better,” Welch said. “I need to focus on healing.”