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Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 15:27:19-04

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Relief groups facing the threat of the coronavirus are taking a different approach to sheltering people who have fled West Coast wildfires.

An American Red Cross official says many evacuees are being put up in hotel rooms instead of group shelters and getting delivered food instead of lining up at buffets.

Large disaster response organizations are still operating some traditional shelters in gyms and churches, where they require masks, clean and disinfect often and try to keep evacuees at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

At some, organizers are stringing up shower curtains to separate people.