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First Coronavirus Cases Among L.A. Homeless -- and Staffer at Temporary Shelter

First Coronavirus Cases Among L.A. Homeless -- and Staffer at Temporary Shelter

Los Angeles has confirmed its first cases of coronavirus among the homeless population — and a staffer who works at a temporary shelter has also tested positive for the virus.

Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed earlier this week that a homeless person at Dockweiler State Beach had tested positive for coronavirus.

Since then, additional cases have appeared in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, where many homeless people live on the streets.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that one employee of the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, near the downtown area, had also tested positive, and that other employees have been quarantined on an isolated floor of the building.

Garcetti is hoping to use hotel rooms in the city to quarantine homeless people confirmed or suspected to have the virus.

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