Men’s Resource Center Transforms Into Quarantine Facility; 4 COVID-19 Cases In Homeless Population
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Salt Lake County leaders on Friday announced the men’s resource center will operate strictly as a quarantine facility after a second case of COVID-19 was confirmed there.
The men’s homeless shelter, operated by Road Home will no longer accept new clients and all clients currently inside the center will be tested for the coronavirus.
According to Katherine Fife, the director of programs and partnerships for Salt Lake County, as of Friday morning, there have been two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in unsheltered homelessness and another two confirmed cases in sheltered homelessness.
County leaders on Thursday announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the men’s resource center, located in South Salt Lake. However, later that evening, a second confirmed case at the center was identified in a separate dormitory than the first.
The first positive case was for an individual 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.
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