Response: COVID-19 Deaths Within Homeless Services System
Full Statement: I have been informed that the District has had our first deaths within the Homeless Services System. Our shelters have continued to operate during the public health emergency, and since March 16th have remained open 24/7, in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
As Chair of the Committee on Human Services, I have been in constant communication with the Department on Human Services on the implementation of CDC guidelines, testing protocols, and quarantining of exposed and acutely vulnerable individuals. Unfortunately, we know that the virus continues to spread throughout the entire district, and is affecting many of our most vulnerable populations.
Recognizing that our residents in shelters are particularly susceptible to exposure to the virus, the agency’s current protocols involve remote quarantine options for positive cases and a separate quarantine site for residents that have complex health issues.
The Committee will continue to support and monitor the agency’s efforts to protect our most vulnerable residents and the essential staff that continue to serve.