The Econo Lodge at 1233 Central Ave North in Kent will be the state’s first permanent quarantine area for COVID-19.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the purchase of the 84 unit motel on Central Avenue for $4 million but KOMO News learned the county has not closed on the property, a necessary move to take ownership.

The motel is still being run as a motel and is accepting guests. The County plans to start putting patients into rooms within 9-10 days.

Speaking with two receptionists, a housekeeper and a guest, all were unaware of the new future of the motel. The news came as a big surprise to Kent’s Mayor Dana Ralph.

Expect more. 84 units cannot possibly be enough.

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People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others.

That's a recommendation, not a requirement.

Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time.

That's guaranteed to change. Too late of course.

Addendum

My Boeing contact says "It's getting tough in SEATTLE. Big impact if all those over 60 stay home. A good chunk of Boeing is >60."

That came in about 2 minutes after my post.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock