Econo Lodge Now a Quarantine Village, 10 Dead in Washington

Mish

King County Washington will host the nations first quarantine site.

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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Questions Remain

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US Tests

Treat that comma as a decimal point.

Facebook

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As I said the other day, Expect More Cuts

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Major lawsuits coming up.

King County Advises Stay Home

The King County Public Health News and Blog

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

Comments (55)
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CautiousObserver
CautiousObserver

Fed is expected to cut 100 bps in 15 days? Doesn’t Jay Powell keep emphasizing that the US economy is “in a good place?”

Also, if the Fed cuts when the bond market is responding to a coronavirus shock, does that actually help anything? Can they actually increase stock multiples enough to prevent virus demand disruption from hurting stock prices and how will they possibly take that back in an orderly way when it is all over? President Trump notwithstanding, wasn't money extremely cheap already?

psalm876
psalm876

"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."

Like Bernie Sanders? Like political rallies? Like political conventions?

It's just like the flu!

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

I cannot possibly grasp how comes King county schools are still open. At the least high and middle schools.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

For all the dread, if not panic, there is sever lack of factual info. Lack of testing! Lack of transparency about the known cases. Etc. No wonder there is sense of panic.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Apparently Northshore district has pulled the plug.

Ted R
Ted R

Looks like panic has taken over in the Federal Reserve. A panic.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

A good example of disease progression information from the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. (Editorial aside: HK has a good track record in many areas. Too bad they didn't take over the PRC instead of the other way around.)

sangell
sangell

My doctor's called yesterday to remind me of an appt. for today. The girl asked if I had any flu like symptoms as Sarasota got its first confirmed case the other day and has 12 people awaiting test results at the hospital. I said no but then thought about it. I'm 68 and the appt was just a routine follow up to generate revenue for the doctor. I called the office back and said if they are worried about me I am more worried about them. I cancelled the appt as I did not want to sit for 15 or 20 minutes in a crowded lobby in a medical office building. I bet I am not the only geezer cancelling doctors appointments for that reason.

Quatloo
Quatloo

How much will they pay people to change the linens in the Econo Lodge turned quarantine facility?

njbr
njbr

Diminution strategy...absence of evidence is being sold as evidence of absence.

If you don't have tests, you don't know.
If you only test people that have had contact with known cases, you don't know.
Right now, we don't know and the great American mixer churns on.

MiTurn
MiTurn

I live an hour and a half from Spokane, where there is a possible case of the coronavirus related to Gonzaga University. And an additional one in the neighboring county of Grant County. Two possible cases in eastern Washington -- opposite side of the state from the cluster in the Seattle area. As you can imagine, we're all waiting with bated breath to see if a cluster has broken out in what is called the Inland Empire.

ksdude69
ksdude69

Oh that's nice...........I hope the hotel employees get something!

Last night after lunch we were called into a meeting and our entire shift was eliminated and tariffs and coronavirus were cited as reasons. However, being on the ground I have watched business slow over the entire past year these 2 reasons were just the final nail. Also, i'm seeing trades out of work lists steadily creep higher they are often the first to get hit and last to recover.

RonJ
RonJ

Kevin McCarthy

@GOPLeader

What a scam—Speaker Pelosi held up the vote on coronavirus funding so that her campaign team could run ads against Republicans for Super Tuesday.

Instead of putting America first, she is putting politics first.

Roadrunner12
Roadrunner12

"The coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area is at a critical juncture and could see explosive growth in cases much like Wuhan, China, if public officials don’t take immediate, forceful measures, according to a new analysis of genetic data."

121263
121263

So what will our great neo liberal governors and mayors do to stop the virus without offending people?

Carl_R
Carl_R

Is it true that Trump told people that coronavirus is mild, and that people will most likely get over it without even seeing a doctor, and that they should just go to work, even if sick?

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Either gross incompetence or somebody really does want the public to see the truth

"The senators were briefed Thursday by Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

“It’s going to take a couple of weeks,” Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland said. “Even though the kit arrives, they say by the end of the week, I don’t think they’ll be ready for tests by the end of the week.”

They were supposed to be testing a million by the end of this week

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

Econo Lodge?

Death match between bed bugs and virus?

sangell
sangell

They really should rent cruise ships for quarantine housing. Manage them better than the Diamond Princess of course where passengers were allowed to mingle and dine together for several days before being confined to their cabins. Might be the only way to keep Carnival and others from going bankrupt.

dlep
dlep

I work in downtown Seattle and the mood and seriousness definitely changed yesterday. We were told to wfh indefinitely. Facebook, Nordstroms (corporate), Redfin, Microsoft, other have all done the same. Whereas downtown felt normal ish yesterday, it will be a ghost town going forward for the forseeable fuure.

tokidoki
tokidoki

No big deal. Trump had an interview with FoxNews where he:

  1. Denies WHO's coronavirus death rate based on “hunch"
  2. Calls coronavirus "corona flu"
  3. Suggests it's fine for people w/ Covid-19 to go to work
  4. Compares coronavirus to "the regular flu," indicating he doesn't get the difference

Looks like you guys owe Mish an apology ;)

It's just a hoax!!!!