CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials with the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Charlotte say there has been 45 positive cases of coronavirus in the past two weeks at the shelter.
Officials say 42 clients and 3 staff members tested positive, and after working with Mecklenburg County and the Department of Public Health, a plan has been created to move homeless individuals into isolation off-site when they test positive for COVID-19.
Individuals who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or who have tested positive themselves have been placed into local motels to quarantine, according to a news release.
Shelter officials say although they have safely relocated over 80 percent of the families and individuals from the shelter since the beginning of the pandemic, they are working to reduce the amount of people living at the shelter to ensure the virus does not spread further.
In a news release, shelter officials say “Serving those experiencing homelessness is essential. We are more committed than ever to our mission to meet human needs by offering hope, promoting dignity and providing opportunity – all in the name of Christ. We are continuing to work with local officials, Public Health and our healthcare community to ensure the safety of the vulnerable population we are serving”