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Fairgrounds to serve as temporary COVID sheltering


Thursday, May 14

The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) today announced it is establishing voluntary COVID-19 sheltering housing at the county fairgrounds in Goldendale.

“With the assistance of a Washington State grant, we were able to secure some recreational trailers,” the EOC said in a statement. “These RVs will be used as a voluntary sheltering option for those affected by COVID-19.”

Beneficiaries of the service will include first responders, health care workers, wildland firefighters, Klickitat County residents, and non-county residents temporarily working in the county. “This service will be completely voluntary and is a great resource that we would not be able to otherwise provide in our rural county,” the EOC said. “If an individual is unable to stay at their personal residence due to a positive or pending COVID-19 test, or if they were in contact with someone who tests positive and do not feel that they can safely isolate themselves at home without exposing other household members, they can request the use of a temporary shelter.”

Asked how such a request would be made, the EOC responded by email saying, “Individuals who are indicated as close contacts of a confirmed case who may need to self-quarantine and awaiting testing or those identified as a confirmed case are contacted by Public Health. If the individual is unable to safely isolate themselves, Public Health will offer this as an option to them.” The Sentinel asked for further clarification, and the EOC answered that an individual can request a shelter through Public Health once that department is in contact with them.

“This is a big step forward in being able to re-open our county,” the EOC statement said. “There are multiple criteria that must be met and prepared for in order to move forward with reopening. One of the criteria is having a voluntary sheltering option available so everyone has a safe place to stay if needed. Our Emergency Operations team members are working to get the units set up as they come in and have them available in the event a request comes in for use.”


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