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COVID-19 Temporary Care Centers

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A place for people who can’t stay at home if they’re sick or exposed.

It is important for people who are sick with or exposed to COVID-19 to stay away from others.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, we must provide a safe place for people to stay. We are working with our local, state and federal partners to provide several temporary care centers in Pierce County. 

Who are the centers for?

  • Residents who can’t stay in their homes (i.e. those living with people at greater risk or with unsafe or unhealthy living arrangements).  

  • Assessment (quarantine): People exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. People are assessed for signs or symptoms of the virus. They need to be alone for 14 days to reduce any potential spread of the disease. 

  • Recovery (isolation): People tested positive for the virus or have symptoms and are waiting for test results. They don’t need hospital care but must remain isolated from others and so the disease doesn’t spread. 


Pierce County needs at least three temporary care centers. We’re starting with Tacoma, west, and east Pierce County locations.

How we select sites

Siting these services is not a decision we take lightly. We hope you’ll understand why we chose these locations.  

Many people stepped forward to offer their sites. The Department of Emergency Management reviewed more than 80 sites countywide. Site selection criteria included: 

  • Immediate availability.
  • Security and access to emergency services
  • Bathing, toilet and laundry facilities.
  • Food options.
  • Accessibility for people with disabilities.

Only a handful of potential sites meet all the criteria. We need centers in different parts of Pierce County. Property owner support is key to our site locations. 


  • Can I bring my pet with me?
  • Can I have visitors?
  • Can someone leave a temporary care center against public health advice?
  • How are people living near a temporary care center protected?
  • How did you select temporary care center locations?
  • How do I get placed at a temporary care center?
  • Is Assessment and Recovery different than Quarantine and Isolation?
  • Is there parking available?
  • Is there security at these centers?
  • What accommodations will you provide?
  • What amenities will you offer?
  • What is the difference between a Temporary Care Center and a Temporary Expansion Shelter?
  • Who pays for the temporary care centers?
  • Who will stay at the Temporary Care Centers?
  • Will the Temporary Care Center be safe to use after it's done housing our community members for assessment and recovery?
  • Will you offer on-site medical care?
  • Will you provide food to residents?