Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Shelters

A homeless shelter is an environment where a number of people reside, meet, or gather in close proximity for either a limited or extended period of time.

The newly recognized respiratory disease – coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – is spreading globally and there have been instances of COVID-19 community spread in the United States. The general strategies recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same strategies used every day to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like influenza. The guidance provided in this document can assist congregate setting facilities in New York City (NYC) with devising strategies to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, manage known or potential exposures to COVID-19, and preventing widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the facility. The events of the COVID-19 outbreak are still developing worldwide, the United States and in NYC. The impact of COVID-19 in NYC is still to be determined. Therefore, facilities should be prepared for the event of widespread community transmission in NYC. Facilities concerned that a resident, visitor, or employee may have COVID-19 should contact the New York City Health Department Provider Access Line immediately for consultation and guidance

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