While no confirmed Coronavirus cases have come from the Covington area, the city is preparing for a response if the virus spreads into the area.
The Kent School District kept Covington Elementary and Kentwood High School closed on Monday and Tuesday, March 2 – 3, to disinfect and clean the schools after one high school student and a elementary school employee were waiting to be tested for Coronavirus.
City of Covington Communications Manager Karla Slate said the city is monitoring the situation while working with the Kent School District, Covington Multicare, Puget Sound Fire Emergency Management and King County.
“We are updating our city council, city staff and our website and social media platforms as we receive any new information,” Slate wrote in an email to the Covington Reporter. “While there are no cases of COVID-19 as of right now, the situation is fluid and constantly changing. We urge residents to help reduce the risk and potential spread of any virus and follow reminder to practice good hygiene like hand washing, staying home if you’re sick and seek accurate information.”
City Manager Regan Bolli said he has been educating the city staff about the virus while working with Multicare to assist the King County Health Department if any cases are confirmed in the city or school district.
The city has created a new page on its website to keep residents up-to-date on all things COVID-19. Residents can visit the site at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/alert_detail.php?fbclid=IwAR0CcI4BYnpidnVw405a5sDCfNboeTAud6y04CvGVGsPFxL59igAvUViCPc.
This is an ongoing story. This article will be updated when information is available.