Dembowski: Shoreline Assessment and Recovery Center may be dismantled in July

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shoreline recovery center
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

County councilmember Rod Dembowski emailed a notice yesterday

I have been deeply moved by the support Shoreline residents have shown for the Shoreline Assessment and Recovery Center. As neighbors of the facility, they have exemplified the meaning of “community.” 

The Center was the first in the nation and a model for how to set up similar facilities to care for those needing to self-isolate or recover outside the home or who were without a home. Shoreline residents have understood that quarantine and isolation for these individuals not only provides them with a safe environment, but also keeps the broader community safe by containing the virus.

The Center has been a success, housing 25 people a night during its peak. The number of people needing the site has been in decline recently, thanks to your efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as a result, Public Health is ending operations. If there is an increase in cases, Public Health is prepared to ramp back up again if needed.

A lease for the field site housing the Center ends in late June, and if all goes well and cases continue to decline, the facility will be dismantled in early July. The County will repair any damages, and the field will be restored to its former glory. The City of Shoreline will be eligible for a portion of $500,000 in mitigation funds I was proud to help secure in the County’s recent emergency budget for local governments to recover from hosting isolation facilities.

I can’t thank our community enough right now for the way we’ve responded to this global pandemic. I feel honored to represent you and our region on the County Council.

--Rod Dembowski


Anonymous,  May 21, 2020 at 2:37 PM  

I'm confused. Gov Inslee (who purports to be driven by numbers and statistics) tells us we have a long road ahead of us, which is why my business is closed and my employees unemployed. Even when I'm allowed to open it will be under conditions that will make my business unsustainable. Yet Council member Dembowski tells us that we no longer need the recovery center, just as we never needed the field hospital at Century Link events center, and that at the peak of the pandemic there were only 25 residents. What's the deal?

Unknown May 22, 2020 at 9:48 PM  

So how many Covid patients were housed?

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