Seattle/King County Public Health: Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers

April 6, 2020

AUTHORITY: Public Health – Seattle & King County

DATE PRODUCED: Last updated March 16, 2020

TYPE: Guidance / Protocol


  • How should we determine the most appropriate type of isolation housing or space for an individual?
  • What are the physical requirements for isolation spaces and housing? 
  • How does one create isolation space in traditional shelter settings or spaces being converted to respond to COVID-19? 
  • What steps should we take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among staff, clients, and isolation spaces?

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Seattle and King County Washington’s Public Health department provides guidance specific for homeless service providers (such as overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers) during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It includes considerations for isolation spaces, cleaning, staff, and clients.