Starting Thursday February 6, Washington state will have a set location to handle travelers who have been placed under quarantine and can’t quarantine themselves at home.
The state Department of Health coordinated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use Washington State Patrol’s fire training academy off I-90 in North Bend.
Sea-Tac Airport passengers who spent time in the Hubei province in China where the outbreak started will be placed under quarantine at the facility.
People who are quarantined likely would only be there a few days before being cleared. The volume of travelers from that region of China will be very low, officials said, so it’s possible this facility in North Bend won’t be used at all.
This publicly-owned facility in King County has individual bedrooms with private bathrooms.
More than 500 people have died of novel coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China. The risk for people in the United States is still low.
Facility near North Bend taken off list of coronavirus quarantine sites:
There will no longer be a federal coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine site near North Bend, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy was taken off the list of quarantine sites Feb. 13, according to state patrol.
The Washington State Department of Health confirmed the facility was removed from the list of potential sites.
A quarantine site in Shoreline on the Fircrest campus remains on the list. The Department of Health previously said it would put up to five RVs on the unused campus space of Fircrest School, which serves people with developmental disabilities. Officials said the quarantine location is more than 200 yards away from the nearest Fircrest building and this poses zero health risks to others.
Quarantine sites began opening in the U.S. to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. The viral outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China has infected more than 69,000 people globally, killing more than 1,600, as of Feb. 20.