Shasta County leaders looking to place homeless people in hotels if infected with coronavirus

Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, the Good News Rescue Mission, and Hill Country Housing are trying to find other ways to place homeless people if they are infected with the coronavirus.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 6:55 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 6:55 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, the Good News Rescue Mission, and Hill Country Housing are trying to find other ways to place homeless people if they are infected with the coronavirus.

At this time, the county is working to secure contracts with hotels in the area. But some people tell Action News Now, they don’t agree with the idea.

“I think that is bad, they should go to the hospital, they should be admitted to the hospital and be quarantined there,” said Cole Planiz of Redding.

But over at the Good News Rescue Mission, its set up 10 temporary self-isolation rooms for homeless people if they show signs of coronavirus.

“We're doing everything we can to maintain the no outbreaks happen within our community and overall no outbreaks happen within the homeless community,” said Executive Director Jonathan Anderson.

The organization says there hasn’t been an outbreak of the virus at the shelter. The Shasta Community Health Center’s Hope Van is also increasing its screening services at the rescue mission.

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