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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Federal Agencies Set up Coronavirus Quarantine Facility Outside of North Bend

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in collaboration with federal and state agencies, local health departments and the Port of Seattle to monitor local risks to the coronavirus to ensure the safety of all community members. These agencies are providing daily updates to North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland and City staff.

The DOH informed City staff yesterday morning that the Fire Training Academy – located in a remote location east of North Bend – has been designated a potential quarantine management facility for travelers from the Hubei Province in China who are not able to self-quarantine at home. There are currently no patients being transported to or housed at the facility. DOH officials say that while this situation poses a serious public health threat, the immediate health risk to the general public is low in Washington.

To address misinformation from the media, the FTA is a secure facility that is outside North Bend city limits and well away from local population centers.

“The information we have received from the DOH is that the FTA is considered a secure facility to quarantine up to 14 days (holding only, not treatment) for people who arrive at SeaTac from Wuhan province and DO NOT present symptoms,” Mayor McFarland said. “As travel from Wuhan was cut off by China some number of days ago, the window under which this applies appears to be closing quickly.”

According to the DOH, efforts are underway to identify and prepare a new location that better fits the many needs of this kind of situation.

Official communications on this Federally directed action is being coordinated by the WA State Department of Health. North Bend residents are encouraged to stay informed and check these sites for the most recent, accurate updates:

Seattle King County Public Health

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respiratory infections. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

It is also important for people to stay at home away from others if they are sick.

The Department of Health has established a call center. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

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