CORONAVIRUS UTAH

COVID-19 Case Confirmed At Homeless Resource Center

Apr 9, 2020, 11:59 AM
FILE: The homeless resource center in South Salt Lake is slated to open in November 2019. (Photo: F...
FILE: The homeless resource center in South Salt Lake is slated to open in November 2019. (Photo: Felicia Martinez)
(Photo: Felicia Martinez)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake County leaders on Thursday announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 at one of the homeless resource centers.

The first positive case happened at the men’s resource center, located in South Salt Lake.

The individual is older than 60, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and testing as soon as he began showing symptoms.

After the man was taken to the hospital, the county health department began an investigation to assess the potential risk to others at the center, Wilson said. Asymptomatic individuals are being moved to an alternative housing at a county-operated quarantine facility.

The Road Home men’s resource center was not accepting new clients as disinfection efforts were underway. Wilson said the county’s hope is to get the facility back open later Thursday.

“Our key concern is the homeless population,” Wilson said. “… We knew, given the aggressive nature of the virus, that we would face this. It’s heartbreaking when it happens, but we are on it.”

“I could not be more pleased to have the Road Home as a partner,” she added.

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