CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Salvation Army Center of Army has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at its location near uptown Charlotte.
According to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, there have been 45 positive cases of coronavirus identified at the Center of Hope. There have been 42 clients and three staff members who tested positive within the past two weeks.
The Salvation Army, which works with the homeless community, says it is working with Mecklenburg County and the Department of Public Health.
A spokesperson said the ones who tested positive have been moved to isolation off-site for care and monitoring. In addition, those who have been in contact or potentially exposed to the virus have been quarantined in local motels.
The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte released this statement:
“The safety of those experiencing homelessness and our staff is our top priority. Since the pandemic began, we have been working diligently, alongside our partners, to keep those under our care, as well as our staff on the frontlines, safe.
“We can confirm that over the past two weeks, there have been a total of 45 positive cases (42 clients and 3 staff) of COVID-19 identified from The Salvation Army Center of Hope.
“Working with Mecklenburg County and Department of Public Health officials, a plan has been in place throughout the pandemic for handling positive cases of those experiencing homelessness. The individuals who have tested positive have been moved into isolation off-site for care and monitoring. All those who have been in contact or potentially exposed have been quarantined in local motels.
“While we’ve been able to safely relocate more than 80 percent of the families and individuals from the shelter since the pandemic began, we are currently working tirelessly to further reduce the number of people residing at the Center of Hope and serve families and individuals at other sites during the weeks ahead.
“Serving those experiencing homelessness is essential. We are more committed than ever to our mission to meet human needs by offering hope, promoting dignity and providing opportunity – all in the name of Christ. We are continuing to work with local officials, Public Health and our healthcare community to ensure the safety of the vulnerable population we are serving.”