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Austin American-Statesman: City chooses hotels as isolation sites to house homeless coronavirus patientsApril 14, 2020
AUTHORITY: Austin American-Statesman
DATE PRODUCED: March 31, 2020
TYPE: Community Sample
THE QUESTIONS IT ANSWERS:
- How are communities using telehealth to provide needed services?
As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, city and Travis County leaders are identifying quarantine and isolation sites for Austin’s homeless people who become infected with COVID-19. The hotels are one prong of a city response plan that includes hygiene education; mobile shower and restroom facilities; and hand-washing stations scattered throughout known homeless encampments, highway underpasses and gathering areas across the city.
Integral Care’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team and Psychiatric Emergency Services provide urgent and mental health crisis care, but it switched to telemedicine services Tuesday. Face-to-face visits would be made by appointment only as needed.