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55 test positive for coronavirus at San Diego Convention Center shelter

Posted at 6:07 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 21:09:20-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — City officials say 55 people at the San Diego Convention Center's emergency homeless shelter have tested positive for COVID-19, as cases surge around the country.

The individuals who tested positive include those suffering from homelessness and staff at the center, according to the City of San Diego.

Those homeless individuals who tested positive will be moved to a local hotel managed by the county for public health use. Staff who tested positive have been notified and advised to stay home. Positive individuals will be kept off-site until it is deemed safe for them to return.

The county has made testing available to all staff and residents at the center to halt any further spread and is working to determine if there is an impact to others at the Convention Center.

Prior to this round of testing, there had been less than 30 positive tests at the Convention Center over the last nine months, the city says.

The city says that individuals utilizing the Convention Center and staff have a daily temperature check and verbal questionnaire and must wear a face covering, and staff clean and sanitize surfaces and hands frequently.

The new positive cases as COVID-19 cases surge across the county and state. Saturday, the county reported a record 2,287 new coronavirus cases, bringing the local total to 90,468 cases.