Durham’s Response for the Homeless During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Local Coordinated Effort to Support Community Members Experiencing Homelessness During the Pandemic
Background and Local Data
A coalition of local community organizations, healthcare providers, and government officials is collaborating to develop a coordinated response for the homeless community in Durham to prevent spread, identify cases, and provide medical respite and support during the pandemic.
Unsheltered and sheltered individuals are at higher risk for transmission due to congregate living settings, limited access to appropriate sanitation facilities, and higher rates of chronic disease.
Access to Testing
Access to testing is limited. Efforts are underway to improve access for those in congregate settings. Locally, the best resource for screening and decision making support about testing is the Duke Health COVID-19 Hotline (see link below).
Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
Symptomatic individuals should seek testing or isolate in a private room (preferably with a private bathroom), if available. If not able to isolate, please reach out for support.
If someone is in a congregate setting and symptomatic, or has a test pending, please isolate as possible and contact Entry Point at 984-287-8309
COVID-19 Positive Respite
Confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals without a home in which to quarantine safely will be supported by placement in a hotel setting, with follow-up by respite providers. Current protocol is to contact Entry Point at 984-287-8309.
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