COVID-19: CCNV April 4th Update

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In partnership with the Humanities Truck Project, Eric Sheptock will offer regular reports and reflections on the impact that Covid-19 is having on those experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.


Just received this notice about positive case(s) near me. It was sent 4 days ago.







I mean that at least 1 of the 5 DC homeless ppl infected was somewhere in CCNV. It was most likely and older man from 1st floor and less likely a woman from 2nd floor. I can give u a 99% guarantee the person wasn’t a healthy man from 3rd floor near me. I’d’ve known by now who was missing.

CCNV has cubicles like this with 6 bunks (12 beds). In my cube only 4 of the 12 beds are occupied. It’s been that way for a while. I’m not sure if that means only 1/3 of the c. 900 shelter beds and 100 drug program beds in the CCNV building are occupied. The ratio might not be consistent throughout.

Mine is the top bunk on the left which is nearest to you. For some time there has been no one beneath me and no one in the entire bunk to my side (2nd left). The nearest person has a coat hanging on their bed. We’ve always slept across the aisle from each other with our feet facing the aisle (as do most). That puts about 10 feet between his head and mine.


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