Salvation Army says there’s no virus outbreak at Trent shelter

SPOKANE, Wash. — A new rumor is now spreading about people being turned away from the Trent Resource and Assistance Center in Spokane over an outbreak.

The Salvation Army says this is not true, and they have not turned anyone away because of COVID or the flu.

The Salvation Army’s executive director says up to 280 people a night get a bed and receive services at the shelter. He says they will not turn people away because of a virus.

“When people are coming to the Trent shelter, we try to accommodate them with beds we have there,” said Major Ken Perine. “Should we run out the beds that we put them in, we actually work to get them sent to another location. We aren’t turning people away. Obviously, we aren’t going to send somebody back out to freezing cold weather.”

The director says as of Thursday, the Trent shelter only has one confirmed COVID case and one case of a stomach bug.

People who test positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined and asked to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask.

The director says they only turn people away from the shelter when they violate safety protocols, like fighting and using drugs inside.

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