COVID-19 outbreak at Renton homeless lodge claims one life

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One individual has died within the midst of a coronavirus outbreak at a lodge in Renton the place greater than 200 homeless are sheltered, in keeping with a weblog submit from King County. A autopsy coronavirus check indicated that the individual was optimistic, in keeping with the King County Medical Examiner.

There have solely been 4 deaths of COVID-19 amongst individuals staying in shelters, in keeping with a King County on-line dashboard: A spokesperson didn’t say by press time whether or not this dying was the fourth or the fifth.

The Renton Crimson Lion skilled an outbreak of 35 instances final month amongst its homeless friends and housed employees, in the course of a spike in instances at homeless shelters, housing services and day applications throughout the county. It’s probably the most seen because the starting of the coronavirus pandemic at any of the inns the county is utilizing to cut back the transmission of COVID-19 amongst homeless individuals. The Crimson Lion Lodge in Renton was opened by the county to maintain them out of crowded bunk-bed or mats-on-the-ground shelters the place officers feared COVID-19 might unfold like wildfire.

Additionally in December, the lodge residents — who have been moved from a shelter in downtown Seattle, and whose keep close to downtown Renton has been vehemently opposed by companies and a few metropolis leaders — have been ordered to depart over the course of 2021, with half passed by June.

Visitors testing optimistic or who have been uncovered to those that examined optimistic have been “instantly” taken to a county isolation and quarantine website, the weblog submit mentioned. The final optimistic case was recognized on Dec. 28.