Canada Ottawa opens COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre for homeless
Drive-thru screening site seeing lots of traffic
Ottawa's first drive-thru COVID-19 screening site at the Queensway Carleton Hospital saw a steady stream of traffic Friday morning. The site was set up Thursday to minimize wait times for people who want to be tested for the coronavirus. Health officials also want to keep those people out of the emergency department so they can focus on cases unrelated to the respiratory illness, and help slow its spread. "Over the last few days we've seen this huge surge of patients being sent in for testing," said Dr. Bhaskar Gopalan, chief of the Queensway Carleton ER.
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OTTAWA — A local recreation centre in Ottawa is becoming an isolation and treatment centre for homeless people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
The centre opens today, and three people are already expected stay in isolation while they await test results.
Advocates say homeless populations may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, and are likely to have worse outcomes because of underlying health conditions.
Wendy Muckle with Ottawa Inner City Health says homeless people can be tested for the virus by a mobile assessment van, paramedics, as well as the typical assessment centre and hospitals.
At the end of January, Ottawa became the first city in Canada to declare a homeless emergency.
Expert say COVID-19 will only exacerbated the already critical situation facing the national capital's growing homeless population.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2020.
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