COVID-19: CCNV April 7th 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.


A man just stepped to me with a look legitimate Coronavirus concern. Though the city spent 10’s of 1,000s of dollars doing a 4-day cleaning of the CCNV Shelter, we know that AT LEAST 1 person from CCNV was positive for COVID-19 a few days ago. Rumor has it that at least 2 more positive cases were found in the building and that 1 positive person ran from the quarantine folk. The concerns just brought to me are as follows; and, I know them to be based on facts:

1 — CCNV residents are not being informed as to who in the building has contracted Coronavirus. While medical records are personal, people need to know if someone they were near is positive.

2 — Neither CCNV staff nor anyone from DHS or DOH is asking residents if they came in contact with the person(s) from CCNV who contracted Coronavirus.

3 — Some homeless people panhandle and have other contacts with housed people.

SOLACE: My job keeps me away from CCNV for much of the day. I also have plenty of space between myself and others while at CCNV, as indicated when I sent the bunk photo. I don’t have any symptoms.

EVEN SO, others have more cause for concern than I do. For THEIR sales, these matters should be addressed.


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