Update: Individual moves into voluntary quarantine by Public Health Labs in Shoreline

Thursday, February 27, 2020

An RV, the medical tent for medical personnel,
next to the State Public Health Lab on the
Fircrest campus on 15th NE in Shoreline

Update: We have now verified that it is an individual on site, rather than a family.

Text and photos by Cynthia Sheridan

One family exposed to the coronavirus (Covid-19) moved into an RV by the Public Health Labs in Shoreline on Monday, February 24, 2020.

According to the Public Health Information officer, this family has moved voluntarily into quarantine. They believe they have been exposed to the virus but none of them are ill.

State Patrol standing guard

The virus has been spreading worldwide because infected people do not show symptoms for several weeks after exposure.

So this family is remaining quarantined in an effort to protect the community at large and will probably stay at least two weeks.

Public Health has contracted with the Washington State Police to maintain security on the premises for the RVs and the medical tent.

Public Health has made every effort to meet the physical needs of this and other quarantined families.

More information about the quarantine site.


Anonymous,  February 27, 2020 at 5:49 AM  

This is a ridiculous location for a quarantine. Makes no sense to have it in the middle of suburbia.

Anonymous,  February 27, 2020 at 8:43 AM  

Thank you for covering this important topic! The health department urges preparedness ahead of a potential Covid-19 outbreak, however preparedness requires effective dissemination of information on their part. I live in close proximity to the quarantine site: the constant presence of a police guard coupled with the level of activity in and around the RVs makes me suspect that their occupation predates this weeks “move-in”.
I also fail to understand why a quarantine facility for an emerging viral threat is located in a residential area, in close proximity to schools, nursing and care facilities, the Fircrest campus and high density housing. If the primary driver for location is convenience, then perhaps it would be better placed in Dr Duchin’s neighborhood.

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