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The City of Abilene sets up isolation center for the homeless to recover from COVID-19

The isolation center is designed to help stop the community spread of COVID-19

ABILENE, Texas — The city of Abilene has set up an isolation center in front of the convention center that is specifically meant to treat homeless patients who test positive for COVID-19.

 According to Vincent Cantu, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Abilene at the isolation center they will be able to recover and self-isolate safely while receiving a cot, meals, and medical supervision.

"This site is going to be used for individuals who are COVID positive but mild enough to go home- but might not have place to go” said Cantu.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
establishing alternate care sites will help address surge in the response to COVID-19 and help with the discontinuation of community spread.

“Its purpose is to stop the spread of COVID-19 here in Abilene" said Cantu.

The isolation center was set up earlier this week and they officially have their first COVID patient in recovery.