LOCAL NEWS

How King County is looking to keep homeless safe from coronavirus

Mar 3, 2020, 8:00 AM | Updated: 10:22 am

With coronavirus continuing to spread among Western Washington’s most vulnerable population, questions have arisen regarding the best way to keep the region’s homeless safe.

Live updates: Region continues to bend under pressure from coronavirus

“We do know that our residents who experience homelessness are often particularly vulnerable,” King County Department of Community and Human Services Director Leo Flor told KIRO Radio. “Being homeless is hard on a person’s health in the first place.”

To that end, the county is entering the final stages of purchasing a motel to house coronavirus patients who don’t have the means to self-quarantine. Additionally, 14 modular units have arrived from Texas able to hold up to 112 people, as well as from Marysville, able to hold 72 more.

“One of the things that we know right now is our medical system and the emergency medical system are going to come under significant strain,” Flor noted. “And one of the most important things that we can do is to ensure that folks who don’t need immediate medical care are not going to emergency rooms and have other safe places to be.”

Read more about all of the cases in Washington state

Flor also points out that coronavirus can affect people “from all walks of life, regardless of whether or not they are housed.” That being so, the county still saw a need to “take specific actions for people who don’t have a home to go back to.”

King County is also looking to work with local shelters and aid providers, and spoke with 175 representatives Monday to coordinate efforts. The hope is to disseminate information about best practices for sanitization, as well as “observing social distance,” and “mak[ing] sure that we are providing enough within shelters so that folks can minimize the spread [of coronavirus].”

“Some of that seems basic, and it’s what we know is most effective to blunt the spread of the virus in populations, particularly those who congregate,” Flor outlined.

Local News

King County Metro...
Nick Bowman

King County reports 97% compliance with worker vaccine mandate

King County reported Tuesday that 97% of its employees have submitted paperwork in compliance with its vaccine mandate; 92% are fully vaccinated. 
15 hours ago
superstorm...
MyNorthwest Staff

Heavy rain, wind from tropical ‘superstorm’ headed to Northwest

A cyclone that began as a tropical superstorm is expected to reach waters off the coast of Washington state on Thursday.
15 hours ago
City Hall Park Seattle...
Nick Bowman

King County Council to forge ahead on bid to acquire troubled City Hall Park

King County Councilmembers voted 7-2 on Tuesday to approve legislation to explore options to assume control over Seattle's City Hall Park.
15 hours ago
Bomb squad, Kitsap...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Bomb squad dismantles explosive device in Silverdale

The Washington State Patrol bomb squad has dismantled an explosive device found in a Silverdale parking lot.
15 hours ago
Nick Rolovich...
Nick Bowman

Former WSU football coach Nick Rolovich to file lawsuit after getting fired over vaccine mandate

Former WSU head football coach Nick Rolovich will be filing a lawsuit this week, after he was terminated for not complying with a state vaccine mandate.
15 hours ago
Madrona closure...
MyNorthwest Staff

Madrona school temporarily shifts to remote learning over COVID outbreak

Madrona K-8 will be temporarily switching to remote learning, over a COVID outbreak that has nearly a quarter of the school's students quarantined. 
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
...
Comcast

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
How King County is looking to keep homeless safe from coronavirus