Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg, has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-14.1 requiring temperature screening, self-evaluation, and reporting of COVID-19 cases at all homeless shelters and H-2A housing in the County of Santa Barbara. This Order is effective starting at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) September 14, 2020, continuing until 5:00 p.m. (PDT), on October 13, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer (“Health Officer”).

The new order stipulates the following:

  1. All individuals entering or residing in a homeless shelter or H-2A housing shall be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
  2. If through daily screening an individual or resident has symptoms related to COVID-19, the individual must immediately self-isolate and notify the manger, operator, owner of the facility, or employer.
  3. The operator, manager, owner of homeless shelters or the employers providing  H-2A housing must immediately notify the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department when there is one case of confirmed COVID-19 in the homeless shelter or H-2A housing.

In addition, the Health Officer strongly recommends that homeless shelters and H-2A housing utilize stable groups to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 in these types of housing.

“The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will partner with homeless shelters and H-2A housing operators to ensure that we mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Prevention efforts and quick response will facilitate the best possible outcomes for the residents in these congregate settings,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director.

For further details, please refer to the full Health Officer Order located here.

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a-1599862327 Sep 11, 2020 03:12 PM
Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

If they test positive they do get free motel housing for quarantine. Maybe this free housing program wanted to generate more clients. Plus the county just spent one million dollars to rent the Sears Building to be converted into an overflow covid care center, just when the numbers of new cases started going down. So this could be another way of dealing with the supply and demand problem, or demand to increase the supply issue to keep both these programs going..

sandy1 Sep 11, 2020 07:49 PM
Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

Temp 97.4 Normal. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:

fever or chills. No
cough. No
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. No
fatigue. No
muscle or body aches. No
headache. No
new loss of taste or smell. No
sore throat. No
congestion or runny nose. No
nausea or vomiting. No
diarrhea..........There, You have been screened. you may enter.

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 11, 2020 06:14 PM
Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

I doubt many of the homeless are disciplined enough to perform routine self-evaluations, since it's pretty clear they can barely take care of themselves. Furthermore, one of the symptoms on the self-evaluation is "not feeling well", which is vague and probably a common and perpetual state of existence for most people experiencing homelessness.

madrededios Sep 11, 2020 10:31 PM
Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

In April broad scale testing was done at a Boston South End homeless shelter due to a small cluster of cases. Of the 397 people tested, 146 people tested positive. Not a single one had any symptoms. Morale of the story, wear your mask in public settings and wash your hands.

vvorker Sep 12, 2020 07:21 AM
Health Officer Orders COVID-19 Screenings at Homeless Shelters

My family dodge the ovens in Germany back in WWII, as a thought experiment for you all, what if the Nazis had Covid back then, it would make the public relations go down better...Remember they went after the gypsies and homeless first, and then eventually we were targeted... we took that one way ticket to the USA, that now currently looks like a one way ticket on the highway to hell!!

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