On Friday, March 6, 2020, the City of Burien released an update on how it’s dealing with the growing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, which has killed 12 in the county and infected 77 statewide.
The city also announced cancellations of classes, events and programs.
Here’s the city’s full update:
As of March 6, 2020, there has only been one confirmed case in Burien at Highline Medical Center. The City continues to monitor the situation, and follow guidelines issued by Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Staff are evaluating programs, classes, and events in light of recommendations from Public Health to limit gatherings of over 10 people. Visit our Current Cancellations page to find classes, programs, and events that have been canceled or postponed.
Community members are encouraged to call or email the City of Burien to access City services, if possible.
There are many organizations that are choosing to delay or cancel gatherings. Check with those organizations before showing up for an event or program.
Health Care Services in Burien
CHI Franciscan will be offering free 24/7 virtual health consultations with a certified health care provider to all individuals who may be experiencing upper respiratory symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19 infection (read more here).
The State of Washington will pay for COVID-10 testing for those without insurance and copays and deductibles will be waived for COVID-10 testing. The State of Washington is also providing worker and employer assistance.
Isolation and Quarantine Facilities in White Center
King County will be placing modular isolation and quarantine units at 206 SW 112th St. in the White Center neighborhood (outside Burien city limits). The purpose of these units is provide a place for isolation and quarantine in order to help community stay safe and contain the spread of illness. The units will help free up space in hospitals for those with acute health care needs.
The people who will be placed in these units include:
- People who are traveling
- Students living in dorm-style housing
- People who had exposure and can’t self-quarantine at home because they may have an immunocompromised person at home
- People who don’t have a home
King County will be providing 24/7 security and implementing other procedures to keep the surrounding community and the people in the facility safe. Additionally, Public Health of Seattle King County is providing daily updates on their “Public Health Insider” blog and have also stood up a COVID-19 landing page with lots of information and resources at kingcounty.gov/covid.
King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: (206) 477-3977.
- The call center will be open daily from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
- For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County is providing daily updates on their “Public Health Insider” blog and on the King County COVID-19 landing page.