As COVID cases rise, we need to move beyond congregate shelters

As COVID-19 case numbers rise in our community DESC’s housing and shelter programs have also seen an increase in new infections. After a period of two months with no cases, despite lots of testing, the number of positive cases started to increase again last month. Since the beginning of July, there have been nineteen new cases among people living or staying at DESC. Twelve of these occurred at our Navigation Center shelter. This means 63% of these cases occurred in a facility that contains around 2% of our total beds. We received some good news today: the latest round of tests all came back negative.

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Black Lives Matter

DESC stands with our community in calling for the major changes needed to overcome the systemic racism in our society that manifests in so many ways and especially in the killing of black people by police. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only some of the most recent examples of the outcomes of our country’s pervasive and persistent racial injustice. We share our grief and solidarity with the Black, indigenous, and other people of color whose lives are harmed continuously by racism. 

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