Columbus announces new COVID-19 shelter for homeless

The city of Columbus, Community Shelter Board and YMCA of Central Ohio recently announced the opening of a new shelter for homeless residents who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been determined by a medical professional to be showing symptoms of COVID-19. The location of the shelter is not being released to protect the privacy of the residents.“COVID-19 is presenting a number of serious challenges to our community, especially our most vulnerable residents,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Our homeless shelters are not built for social distancing which is a key to slowing the spread of this infection. The new shelter will help quarantine and isolate homeless residents so they can recover without exposing others.”Community Shelter Board raised the issue that more than 1,200 people sleep in homeless shelters in Columbus and Franklin County on any given night, while an estimated 600 or more are on the


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