HOMESTEAD, Fla. – 26-year-old man may be the first homeless man to die from coronavirus in Miami-Dade County.
According to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and Chapman Partnership, the man, whose name has not been released, was a resident of the Chapman South Homeless Assistance Center.
On Friday, he visited the Chapman Center health clinic with a fever. He was immediately taken to Jackson South, where he died of COVID-19 complications a few hours later.
“We are devastated and crushed. Our role is not to lose the lives of anyone from this very fragile and compromised population, “said Ron Book, President of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “His death strengthens our determination to get more COVID-19 tests so that we can fight harder and smarter to slow the spread of the virus among our protected and unprotected homeless populations.”
The Homeless Trust has more than 8,000 homeless and 1,020 others homeless in Miami-Dade County; seven tested positive for COVID-19.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Chapman South facility was subject to a thorough cleanup.
Several organizations, including the rights group Dream Defenders, were in force in downtown Miami on Friday to distribute tents and toiletries to the homeless on the streets.
They also demanded that the Miami-Dade County government and the Homeless Trust step up and expand the resources of the Miami homeless community.
According to the book, the Homeless Trust is the only state organization to test the homeless on the street. They also have tests at Camillus House.
“Seven weeks ago, we started going out on the street. We have more than 600 rooms attached, under contract to put people in isolation, “said Book.
However, Book said the hardest part was convincing many of the city’s homeless to get tested and seek shelter.
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