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Pandemic Planning in Homeless Shelters: A Pilot Study of a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing and Support Program to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Congregate Settings.

Authors
  • O'Shea, Timothy1
  • Bodkin, Claire2
  • Mokashi, Vaibhav3
  • Beal, Kerry4
  • Wiwcharuk, Jill5
  • Lennox, Robin5
  • Guenter, Dale5
  • Smieja, Marek6
  • Bulir, David6, 7
  • Chong, Sylvia7
  • 1 Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton Shelter Health Network, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Hamilton Shelter Health Network, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 5 Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton Shelter Health Network, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 6 Department of Medicine, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 7 Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
May 04, 2021
Volume
72
Issue
9
Pages
1639–1641
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa743
PMID: 32511704
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

We tested 104 residents and 141 staff for coronavirus disease 2019 who failed daily symptom screening in homeless shelters in Hamilton, Canada. We detected 1 resident (1%), 7 staff (5%), and 1 case of secondary spread. Shelter restructuring to allow physical distancing, testing, and isolation can decrease outbreaks in shelters. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail: [email protected]

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