Coronavirus concerns continue to impact vulnerable populations

Coronavirus concerns continue to grow here in the state

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 7:23 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Coronavirus concerns continue to grow here in the state.

The Good News Rescue Mission is working to make sure the homeless community doesn’t get sick. The shelter is doing a number things. Such as stepping up cleaning procedures and educating people to wash their hands before each meal.

The Rescue Mission tells Action News Now, homeless people are more vulnerable because of poor nutrition, sleeping outdoors, and no having enough resources.

“Here at the Mission, we have a vulnerable population of people,” said Justin Wandro, Director of Development at Good News Rescue Mission.

“Those people who have weakened immune systems, are coming off of drug and alcohol addictions and so we want to be very careful.”

The shelter says, at this time none of their clients have the coronavirus. But if someone were to contract the virus, they would be immediately taken to the hospital.

Over at Sundial Assisted Living, they are now putting in strict restrictions to keep senior citizens safe. The facility is only allowing essential people inside the building. That includes staff, employees, health care providers, and people who live on the property. Family members and friends are not allowed inside unless it’s a special circumstance.

“We’re only allowing essential visitors into the building, screening anyone that does come into the building and just keeping an eye of employees and residents,” said Suzanna Trompczynski with Sundial Assisted Living.

On Thursday, Sundial Assisted Living put up restriction signs on their doors. On Wednesday, they began screening visitors coming into the building.

The Shasta Regional Medical Hospital is also taking extra steps to protect people and staff during coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital says if the coronavirus does breakout in Shasta County It believes it has the supplies and resources to contain it.

As an extra precaution, the hospital set up a tent just outside of their emergency room. The hospital is also requiring people to get screened before entering the hospital.

“In the best interest and protection of our staff and remaining patients in the hospitals, just providing that extra level of protection will allow us to have a better containment process,” said Mark Mitchelson, Chief Nursing Officer for Shasta Regional Medical Hospital

Shasta Regional says it is constantly communicating with both local and state health officials.

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