August 7, 2020
Update on the Port's COVID-19 response
COVID-19 has changed the world seemingly overnight and has impacted nearly every industry, but particularly the aviation industry. Even with the decline in passenger traffic this year, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) remains a critical transportation hub and continues to operate and bring supplies and products in and out of the region and as a critical component of the national emergency response.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided 2.6 million face coverings to protect essential workers at Washington airports like SEA and other regional airports including Spokane, Bellingham, Pasco, Walla Walla, Pullman, and Bremerton.
Wait, did you say 2,600,000 face coverings? Yes, that's right and it's hard to envision.
To put 2.6 million masks into perspective:
The masks will protect essential workers like:
The masks will also be distributed to the ecosystem of partner companies that are supported by the airport, including workers you wouldn't typically think of like:
The mask distribution highlights the diversity of jobs that are tied to airports and shows how critical aviation is to the regional economy. COVID-19 has shown how airports and ports are critical to the people of a region, for when we need help it comes in by ships and planes and we're always here to do our part.
August 7, 2020
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