Wildlife burning up and down the West Coast has polluted the air, causing emergency shelters in some cities to shield the homeless.
Seattle has been blanketed by smoke from the fire, leading to a high air quality index rating of 197, an “unhealthy” rating by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As a result, the city of Seattle is opening a temporary shelter where homeless people can get some relief from the smoky air. But the coronovirus epidemic has complicated the city’s ability to support the homeless.
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A Seattle spokesperson told Fox News, “This is a balance we have to strike, keeping the COVID protocol in mind for any large scale / indoor shelter.” “Seattle & King County recommends that agencies should open facilities only if they have high-quality air filtration systems and if they can comply with public health guidance, as it relies on temperature, screening, social distance, Capacity restrictions, face covering and other health and hygiene measures. ”
Air quality in San Francisco was worse on Friday, 228 on the Air Quality Index, which is rated as “very unhealthy”.
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The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management has opened four relief centers for the homeless.
The Bay Area is still taking precautions against coronaviruses.
The SF Department of Emergency Management said, “Health check-ups will be done at these sites before entering. Face coverings and physical distance are still a threat in SF as COVID-19. Masks provided for those Those who do not have one. said Friday.
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The sky blazed in ominous, unrealistic markings of red and orange this week as wildfires continued in California.
Dozens of wildfires are currently raging in California, Oregon and Washington, forcing at least 600,000 people to flee their homes.