Renton’s Red Lion Inn, located in the downtown core along 1 South Grady Way. File photo

Renton’s Red Lion Inn, located in the downtown core along 1 South Grady Way. File photo

COVID-19 claims life in Renton Red Lion homeless shelter

One of the guests staying at the Renton Red Lion homeless shelter has died following the outbreak that infected 35 staff and residents in December, according to a King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) blog post.

A post-mortem test indicated that the person was positive for COVID-19, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

DCHS said via the blog post that the Red Lion shelter has partnered with the Seattle Flu Study to offer COVID-19 testing five days a week for any resident in the shelter.

After routine testing within the shelter, DCHS’s blog claims there has not been a single positive test in the Renton Red Lion since Dec. 28.

Since the outbreak, King County has worked with the Downtown Emergency Service Center, which operates and manages the shelter, to implement safety and quarantine measures such as restricting shared spaces, delivering meals to rooms and sanitation protocols, according to the DCHS blog.

In December, the Renton City Council voted 5-2 to force the roughly 200 homeless people sheltered at the Red Lion to leave over the course of 2021.

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