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South Lake Tahoe Homeless Outreach Team educates homeless about COVID-19

Tahoe Daily Tribune staff report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County’s Homeless Outreach Team recently created the Homeless Community Response Team to help combat COVID-19.

Working in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center, the team identities vulnerable individuals throughout the county. It will educate people on best practices, in addition to offering assistance to them to improve the overall safety of the community from the virus.

“The goal of this group is to assist the homeless in minimizing contact with the same expectation as the rest of the county, state and nation,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Bloxsom, who’s in charge of the Homeless Outreach Team, in a press release. “Our collaborative group will continue to provide ongoing medical assessments during the pandemic in a proactive effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amongst the homeless population and the community. As at-risk or symptomatic individuals are identified, efforts will be made to provide proper medical attention to include suitable shelter and monitoring until they are medically cleared for re-population.”

The team includes Homeless Outreach Team personnel; Martin Entwistle, vice president of population health for Marshall Hospital; Shaunda Crane, director of care coordination for vulnerable populations for Marshall Hospital; and volunteers from the county.

Volunteers are working to provide basic necessities to aid the population with sheltering in place while members of the outreach team, the Continuum of Care, Cal Fire, and community health nurses will provide education and kits for medical needs related to COVID-19.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication to the Sierra Sun.


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