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People camp in the parking strip outside The Leonardo on 400 South in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
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SL County Health Dept. Reaching Out To Homeless Populations

People camp in the parking strip outside The Leonardo on 400 South in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – As the federal and local governments do all they can to protect people and businesses during the coronavirus emergency, Salt Lake County is reaching out to the homeless population making sure they have necessary tools to say safe.

The county has formed teams to make sure the homeless have access to COVID-19 assessments, medical care, and education.

“The teams will also continue to ensure basic needs are met such as food, clothing, and hygiene supplies and they will connect individuals with services and resources as appropriate,” county officials said in a news release.

In addition, the teams will collect information that will help figure out how the County Health Department can follow up with homeless individuals.

The release emphasizes that the team members will take steps to protect themselves and clients from COVID-19. Those steps include using personal protection equipment and practicing social distancing as they do their work.

 

If you see a large group that looks like it could use county help, call the Volunteers of America Outreach Response Line at 801-631-7584.

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