IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CITY AND STATE OVER CENTRALIA QUARANTINE SITE

CENTRALIA – There has been additional quarantines at the state coronavirus facility at the Lakeview Inn. The state Department of Health reported to the Centralia City Council Tuesday night. Wayne Clifford manages the Centralia-based state-run facility. He says there have been 32 people quarantined here since the state facility opened about a month ago. New to the quarantine motel are the crew from a second international vessel, this one that docked in Port Angeles with a member testing positive for COVID-19. Previously a ship that stopped in Bellingham had to be isolated. Plus a family that is destined for Hawaii that landed at SeaTac airport that are now here for their 14 day stay. Clifford confirmed that two people had to receive emergency hospital care for possible pneumonia. Improved relations between the city and State Department of Health. Centralia Mayor Sue Luond acknowledged that the State Health Secretary, Dr. Umair Shah has answered the city’s letter of concern, saying, “I was very pleased that all the questions were answered in detail, and that communication will be more open in the future. That’s all we wanted was communication so we weren’t caught flat footed.” The state is also looking at replacing the loss of city lodging tax revenues with the loss of motel space during the state’s takeover of the Lakeview Inn.

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