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Ramp up of efforts to fight COVID-19 among Angelenos experiencing homelessness

Starting April 20, the City is surging a deployment of street medical teams to help fight COVID-19 among Angelenos experiencing homelessness.

The deployment includes rapid-results field tests for people showing COVID-19 symptoms, life safety checks, regular health and welfare screenings in high-density encampments, counseling on proper physical distancing, and transportation to new shelters and hotels. 

Additional resources are being surged to Skid Row, including County nursing staff and LAHSA outreach workers and a pop-up testing clinic operated by the LAFD that will provide rapid results testing and direct referral and transportation to isolation and quarantine beds.

The State has provided trailers that will be used to house asymptomatic homeless Angelenos who are in the highest-risk Tier 1 category: individuals who are over 65 years of age and who have chronic medical conditions. The first 10 trailers will launch on the campus of the Woodland Hills Rec Center; our goal is to stand up more than 300 trailers citywide in the coming weeks. To help people most vulnerable to this virus, we’re also renting hotels and motels to house those in need of shelter.As part of Project Roomkey, the State, County and City have currently secured 24 hotels and motels with 2,400 rooms countywide for tier 1 Angelenos. If other motels and hotels want to help, they can sign up at Coronavirus.LACity.org/Rooms.

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