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Hundreds avoid the cold at Albuquerque homeless shelter

Brittany Costello
Updated: October 28, 2020 03:38 PM
Created: October 27, 2020 05:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Approximately 250 people were housed at the West Side Emergency Housing Center in Albuquerque after it reopened following a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Officials at the shelter said they worked urgently to get the shelter back up and running.

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"Weather or no weather, to get it back open because that's the city's largest shelter," said Carol Pierce, director of family and community services at the City of Albuquerque.

The shelter altered capacity limits from 450 to 300.

Pierce said they also moved clients to a "wellness hotel"

"We have families staying there because we repurposed the family pod out at the West Side to give more room," Pierce said. "We're following all of the COVID guidelines on spacing, all that."

Pierce said they are screening all clients and staff. Clients with red flags or symptoms are placed in an isolation pod.
Those who've tested positive for COVID-19 may be isolated at the shelter or moved to a different location.

"Probably the biggest thing we've really emphasized and require folks at the Westside shelter, must wear masks," Pierce said. "I mean, that's part of what cuts down on transmission in addition the beds are spaced so far away."


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