MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County officials say 130 people experiencing homelessness have been moved to alternative housing accommodations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Minnesota.
These people had been living in congregate shelter settings, but now they’ve been given living arrangements at area hotels.READ MORE: 'My Heart Just Sunk': Youth Club Reeling After Another Child Shot In Minneapolis
“Providing alternative accommodations for people experiencing homelessness who are at especially high-risk of COVID-19 (including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) has been a top priority for Hennepin County this week,” a news release said.READ MORE: FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization For Moderna And Johnson & Johnson's COVID Vaccine Booster Shots (CBS News)
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board approved $3 million to secure alternative accommodations for high-risk individuals. There will be separate spaces provided for people who may become sick or have tested positive for COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Essentia Health Switching To Self-Swab COVID Tests So Workers Can Focus On Booster Shots
Currently there are not any reported positive cases of COVID-19 within the Hennepin County shelter system. As of Friday afternoon, four people with flu-like symptoms had been identified and moved to separate living spaces — one was later tested for COVID-19.