Life in Quarantine even more Challenging for the City's Homeless

Andy Downing
The inside of an emergency shelter at 40 West. The need for an isolate shelter for those experiencing homelessness was prevalent early in the COVID-19 pandemic due to congregant settings at shelters.

Adam Johnson entered into a two-week quarantine on Thursday, Jan. 7, shortly after a man on his floor at a homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19.

Following established policy, Johnson, who said he has since tested negative for the virus, settled into a room at a North Side hotel currently serving as the Shelter for Isolation and Quarantine (SIQ) site, a facility established by the Community Shelter Board in partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio to provide assistance to people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19, have exhibited symptoms or have come in contact with someone who has the virus.

Since moving to the hotel, Johnson has been confined to his room, where he’s filled his hours by watching TV and playing video games on a provided tablet.

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