Grant County has been one of the harder hit areas in North Central Washington due to COVID-19.

Recently, Grant County was awarded roughly $388,000 out of the $30 million dispersed to Washington counties from the state emergency housing grant. The grant was from the state Department of Commerce.

"It's for isolation and quarantine housing for people who are homeless, any person in the community who has been determined by their health department to need isolation and quarantined housing," said Kathy Kinard, manager.

Isolated and quarantined housing can be a variety of facilities and folks across Washington are getting creative with the resources within the community, such as empty hotels.

"People are using dormitories, creating field medical responses in port property or gymnasiums," said Kinard.

Existing shelters were already operating at capacity before the emergency rules took effect.

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