City leaders are upset with how King County picked an Econo Lodge in Kent as a quarantine facility for people with the coronavirus and the potential long-term use of the facility.
“We are very concerned about the public health and safety implications this has for our community,” Mayor Dana Ralph said at a Wednesday press conference in Council Chambers at City Hall. “They are replicating and bringing a situation similar in scale to the Life Care Center of Kirkland and dropping it off in Kent.”
Ralph said the city found out about the plans through a third party on Monday.
“At no point in the process did the county notify us of their plan,” Ralph said. “We later found out that King County Public Health has been looking at this site for months with the intent of using it for public health purposes, including homelessness and as a site for other dangerous public health quarantines.”