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caption: A former Econo Lodge shown on Friday, March 6, 2020, on Central Avenue North in Kent. The motel was chosen as a quarantine site for people with coronavirus.
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A former Econo Lodge shown on Friday, March 6, 2020, on Central Avenue North in Kent. The motel was chosen as a quarantine site for people with coronavirus.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

King County leases Issaquah motel in search for new quarantine sites

King County is looking for places to house hundreds of people, at least, who cannot self-isolate or quarantine in their own homes amid the local coronavirus outbreak.

Officials announced some locations Saturday.

The county already has one quarantine facility -- a motel in Kent. No one is currently staying at the facility, yet.

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The Kent motel is slated for people who don’t have their own bedroom away from elderly or fragile relatives, students in dorms, and people experiencing homelessness.

According to officials Saturday, King County has leased an additional motel in Issaquah for the same purpose.

Also according to the county:

  • A tent will be erected at an Eastgate parking lot. It will be ready in about a week.
  • King County International Airport arrivals hall will be used to house some men who shelter at St. Martin De Porres. They sheltered 80 men over 55 there last night.

A county spokesperson says some facilities that the county is considering need work to be fully functional, including sewer hookups, before they can house patients.

According to a statement from the Washington State Department of Health:

"Washington state is providing safe and secure quarantine locations for those most likely exposed to the infection who cannot safely quarantine themselves at home. Currently, the state offers quarantine facilities at Maple Lane, a Department of Corrections property in Thurston County. We are looking at other quarantine options right now and considering locations across the state, including Eastern Washington."