Person staying at Salvation Army's downtown shelter tests positive for COVID-19

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March 27, 2020 - 9:42 pm

AUSTIN ( -- A person staying at the Salvation Army's downtown shelter has tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday.

The person has been sent to a local hotel for isolation and monitoring by Austin Public Health, according to Salvation Army officials.

19 other clients shared a dorm with the person, and health officials and the Salvation Army are working to have them moved to another hotel for continued isolation and monitoring. Until that happens, officials say they will stay in the safe sleep area of the shelter in isolation.

Efforts to keep clients at the Salvation Army's three area shelters continue, including deep cleaning areas around the clock, educating on proper handwashing and sneeze/cough techniques, and encouraging those with symptoms or exposure to stay home. Shelters are also spreading out beds as much as possible to increase social distancing, adding hand washing stations where possible, and conducting case management meetings via videoconference.

The Salvation Army's local efforts operate entirely on community donations, which stay here in the local community. Officials say they're in need of hand sanitizer, tissues, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant spray and toilet paper. Visit for more details on how you can help.

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