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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Fire Training Academy Near North Bend Withdrawn as a Coronavirus Quarantine Site

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) confirmed today that the Fire Training Academy near North Bend is no longer a Coronavirus quarantine site. According to the WSP, the current class of firefighting recruits have returned to the dormitories.   

“At no point was the facility used for quarantine purposes, but it did give the state a point of initial readiness for this evolving situation,” WSP Communications Director, Chris Loftis, said. “The Washington State Patrol will continue to dutifully respond to public safety needs and will always work to be good neighbors in areas of our facilities and service.”

Earlier this month, the DOH informed City staff that the Fire Training Academy – located in a remote location east of North Bend – had been designated a potential quarantine management facility for travelers from the Hubei Province in China who are not able to self-quarantine at home. The facility is no longer needed for this use.

Official communications on this matter are 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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