Flagstaff Shelter Services is reporting an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases among the people it serves experiencing homelessness.
Managers say at least 30 percent of the residents at the shelter tested positive but they’re still awaiting further results. Twenty people total, including two staff members, were confirmed to have the disease, and all of those who tested positive were asymptomatic.
Shelter Services, the largest such facility in northern Arizona, has been housing several clients who are elderly or have underlying conditions in Flagstaff motels for the last three weeks. None of them tested positive for coronavirus. The shelter has also put up partitions, reduced the number of mattresses and checks temperatures daily.
Meanwhile, Arizona health officials say the number of deaths from coronavirus has reached 450 with nearly 10,000 reported cases in the state. Gov. Doug Ducey has begun loosening restrictions he had imposed to slow the spread of the disease.