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As coronavirus concerns swirl, task force looks out for San Diego's homeless

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 19:58:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego leaders say they are working to help prepare the county's homeless population to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

An outreach team has been busy installing hand washing stations across San Diego to address the virus concerns as it affects those experiencing homelessness. Team members have been helping individuals protect themselves against the virus by passing out hygiene kits that include hand sanitizer, info on symptoms, water, soap, tissues, and hand wipes.

Nurses have also started to visit San Diego shelters to help prepare those staying there, especially those suffering from underlying medical conditions or who are older.

Leaders say nurses are prepared to be on site to assist with screening potential patients and identify potential housing options if they need to be moved for care. Potential options include motels, government buidlings or facilities, or tents, according to leaders.

According to the county, medical professionals are on high alert for any possible local outbreak.

Currently, one person has been confirmed to have coronavirus. That patient is said to be doing well. Leaders added that there is no evidence of "community-based transmission" in San Diego.

Those who are testing in San Diego County must do so through a primary doctor. The county says if someone doesn't have a doctor, they can call the county's coronavirus hot line at 2-1-1.