Pandemic Planning in Homeless Shelters: A Pilot Study of a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing and Support Program to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Congregate Settings Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Abstract We tested 104 residents and 141 staff for coronavirus disease 2019 who failed daily symptom screening in homeless shelters in Hamilton, Canada. We detected 1 resident (1%), 7 staff (5%), and 1 case of secondary spread. Shelter restructuring to allow physical distancing, testing, and isolation can decrease outbreaks in shelters.

authors

  • O’Shea, Timothy
  • Bodkin, Claire
  • Mokashi, Vaibhav
  • Beal, Kerry
  • Wiwcharuk, Jill
  • Lennox, Robin Barbara Bateman
  • Guenter, Dale
  • Smieja, Marek
  • Bulir, David
  • Chong, Sylvia

publication date

  • June 8, 2020