A homeless shelter in downtown Medford quickly closed its doorways to new friends Monday after somebody examined optimistic for COVID-19.
The homeless particular person, who displayed signs of the virus, was quarantined in a room on the Redwood Inn.
Because the optimistic COVID case, the 64-bed Kelly Shelter has examined all workers members and the remaining homeless folks and none examined optimistic.
“We’re not taking in any new folks till the shelter-in-place is said over by Jackson County Public Well being,” stated Matt Vorderstrasse, growth director for Rogue Retreat.
He stated the shelter-in-place order will final for at the least two weeks, barring any new instances. The remaining homeless persons are allowed to remain on the shelter, however no further folks might be admitted.
A number of homeless folks within the shelter determined to go away after they discovered of the optimistic case.
That is the fourth time that Rogue Retreat has had a two-week quarantine after somebody examined optimistic for COVID, Vorderstrasse stated.
Vorderstrasse stated he didn’t know whether or not the homeless particular person had acquired a vaccination and didn’t know different particulars in regards to the signs.
“We’re letting public well being quarterback that for us,” he stated.
Vorderstrasse stated the person’s signs weren’t severe sufficient to require hospitalization.
Public well being officers are in command of contact tracing to search out different individuals who could have are available contact with the homeless particular person.
Because the optimistic COVID case, the Kelly Shelter has instituted all of the shelter-in-place procedures required by public well being, together with masks and protecting gear.
Plastic shields had been erected between bunks when the pandemic first broke out, and so they stay in place.
Rogue Retreat has been changing the 47-bed Redwood Inn, at 722 N. Riverside Ave., right into a shelter for fireplace victims and the homeless, together with for the person with COVID.
“It’s very serendipitous that now we have that,” stated Vorderstrasse.
Rogue Retreat additionally operates the city campground on the north finish of Medford, which presently homes 75 folks.
An growth effort on the campground might quickly push that quantity to 125, with the potential of going to 150 sooner or later.
“We’re nonetheless working by means of the approval course of,” Vorderstrasse stated.
Rogue Retreat has lined up numerous forms of shelter for the campground growth, together with Pallet shelters, which might be erected shortly. The shelters are tiny, measuring 8-by-8-feet.
Medford police have been implementing an ordinance that bans tenting on the Bear Creek Greenway, requiring extra shelter beds.
Lots of the homeless folks displaced by the tenting ban have been housed in Rogue Retreat shelters.
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