Person housed at Renton hotel dies of COVID-19

Person housed at Renton hotel dies of COVID-19

One of the homeless people being housed at the Red Lion in Renton has died of COVID-19.

King County bought the hotel last year to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus among vulnerable people.

However, there was an outbreak at the hotel and 35 staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19 in December. Those who tested positive were taken to one of the county’s three isolation and quarantine locations, but one person ended up dying.

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Officials said there has been routine testing at the hotel since the outbreak and there has not been a positive case since Dec. 28.

Also, the county and other staff have made changes at the hotel to further reduce spread, including delivering all meals to rooms and closing places where people congregate.

The Renton City Council fought the program from the start and said they were not consulted. They recently passed an order to vacate the property starting in June.