COVID-19 isolation, treatment centre for homeless opens in Ottawa

A local recreation centre in Ottawa has become an isolation and treatment centre for homeless people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

The centre opened Monday near the city’s ByWard Market, which is a few blocks east of Parliament Hill. The facility has been filled with beds, linens, medical supplies and everything someone would need to serve out their isolation period.

Already, three people are expected stay there in isolation while they await test results.

The centre was set up because the national plan to fight COVID-19 doesn’t apply to people who are homeless.

“The whole strategy is based on the assumption that people will seek care when they need it, and that they’ll self-isolate,” said Wendy Muckle, president of Ottawa Inner City Health, which provides health care to the national capital’s vulnerable population.

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