Mar 30, 2020
Baltimore City shelters for the homeless are full and crowded, filled with people more at risk for all illnesses, and especially the coronavirus. Hundreds more sleep outside around Baltimore.
In the third week of March, two homeless people appeared at the Baltimore clinic, Health Care for the Homeless. These two homeless people were screened and found to have worrisome symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. Nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital was willing to test them. City officials had agreed to provide transportation. They didn’t. The two sick homeless men left the clinic, untested, likely to spread the virus.
Two days later, Baltimore’s mayor came out with a statement about the city helping the homeless, opening another shelter, testing for symptoms of the coronavirus and transporting those needing it for the actual coronavirus test.
And how quickly will a city with many functions shut down actually help the homeless and keep the virus from spreading?