As of this afternoon, residents in the City of Shoreline have been noticing construction taking place on their Shoreline B Soccer Field.
The soccer field has been revealed as the new site of a temporary field hospital that will be used for people exposed to, at risk of exposure, or becoming ill with COVID-19.
The temporary field hospital is designed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, support people who have nowhere else to go, and preserve local hospital beds for those who need them the most.
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“We believe it is critical that Shoreline do its part to help address this global crisis and provide for the health needs of those in the Shoreline community and those in the broader Puget Sound Region,” stated a City of Shoreline release.
They’re officially building tents in our parks in anticipation of hospital overflow. I live here. This is happening right now.#Covid_19 #COVID19 #pandemic #washington #shoreline #seattle pic.twitter.com/h2SqF0cAgF
— Jimmy Sorrentino (@JimmySorrentino) March 18, 2020
It is anticipated that the Shoreline Temporary Field Hospital will be able to provide up to 200 beds which will hold severely ill individuals from all over the greater Puget Sound Region.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation that requires quick and decisive action. The county is moving to address the growing need for hospital beds in the region. The county is currently in the process of setting up the tents and other infrastructure in preparation.”
The field hospital is in the first stages of construction, and the City does not yet have information on when it will be available to the public.
King County will be creating additional field hospitals at multiple locations throughout the county for those who cannot safely remain in their own homes without compromising the health of other family members, or do not have a home.
The majority of the county’s residents will isolate and recover in their own homes.
With coronavirus on the rise, the CDC is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.