WE HAVE IMPORTANT NEWS NOW ABOUT A HEALTH CRISIS IN
THAT NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK AT THE HOUSE OF THE CHARITY
POLICE HAVE HAD A BLOCK OF PACIFIC QUARANTINED BETWEEN
STATE AND DIVISION.
KXLY4'S DREW REEVES IS WORKING 4 YOU.
WHERE THE CHARITY SAYS PATRONS WILL SOON BE ALLOWED
BACK INTO THE BUILDING.
THE HOUSE OF CHARITY SAYS IT WILL BE ALLOWING PEOPLE
BACK IN HERE VERY SOON.
CREWS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO GET THE BUILDING CLEAN.
AND AS SOON AS THEY'RE FINISHED.
HOMELESS PEOPLE WHO ARE NO LONGER INFECTED WILL BE
ALLOWED BACK IN.
THE HOUSE OF CHARITY SAYS IT'S READY TO GET BACK TO
DOING IMPORTANT WORK.
GIVING HOMELESS PEOPLE A SAFE PLACE TO STAY.
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We're going to get back to normal operations at the
House of Charity.
The kitchen is going to open, the dayroom is going
to open, we're going to get people their mail.
THE SPOKANE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL HEALHT DISTRICT
ALL INVOLVED IN GETTING THE BUILDING OPERATIONAL AGAIN.
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Cleaning the entire building so that we can reoccupy
safely and continue to segregate the sick versus the
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THIS BLOCK OF PACIFIC WILL
CONTINUE TO BE BLOCKED.
AND TENTS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK.
THEY SAY THEY HOPE TO HAVE EVERYONE BACK IN THE BUILDING
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These are folks who are already suffering with the
characteristics of homelessness that we all know too
well and then to be sick on top of that is really
AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES, WHICH RUNS THE HOUSE OF CHARITY
SAYS THIS HAS BEEN A TOUGH PROCESS FOR THEIR STAFF
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More than half our staff is sick.
So we've had to call in partners from all other partners,
other agencies, but we are getting ahead of this.
CREWS HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO KEEP THE NOROVIRUS CONTAINED.
BUT SAY THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IT DIDN'T ESCAPE THE
BUT, THEY SAY THERE SHOULDN'T BE TOO MUCH CONCERN
TO THE PUBLIC.
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SUSAN SJOBERG/REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND
The most important piece is norovirus is easily spread,
but is also easily preventable.
With good hand washing we can prevent the further
spread of this outbreak.
THE HOUSE OF CHARITY SAYS THIS HAS ALSO BEEN VERY
EXPENSIVE KEEPING EVERYONE QUARANTINED.
THEY EXPECT THE TOTAL COST WILL BE AROUND 30-THOUSAND
DOLLARS WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER.
THEY ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP TO DONATE
AT THEIR WEBSITE.
DREW REEVES, KXLY 4 NEWS.