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NYC reports seven positive coronavirus cases among the homeless; officials expect numbers to rise

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7 homeless in NYC test positive for coronavirus

New York City has recorded seven positive cases among its homeless population, according to Isaac McGinn, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Social Services. One of the cases has stabilized, and the person has been discharged from the hospital but remains in isolation.

McGinn said the Department of Social Services has developed an internal screening protocol for thousands of shelters to help identify people who are experiencing possible symptoms of coronavirus disease.

“As cases rise across the country and the city, we anticipate cases will rise amongst the New Yorkers experiencing homelessness who we serve,” McGinn said. “With several thousands more New Yorkers tested overnight citywide, we can confirm a handful of additional cases.”


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