Coronavirus: Knoxville establishes shelter in event of COVID-19 outbreak amongst homeless population

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — While there are no people experiencing homelessness among those who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the city is establishing a shelter space for persons experiencing homelessness who have been tested for COVID-19.

Knoxville leaders met with the media Wednesday afternoon to outline the plan.

“This is for persons who are homeless but are not confirmed positive – that’s the purpose of this shelter,” Mayor Indya Kincannon. “Referrals will come from the health department and health care providers.”

This comes after the city issued a safer-at-home order on Tuesday. Mayor Kincannon said Tuesday night the city was working to develop a plan for the homeless population, as individuals experiencing homelessness would not be fined for order violations.

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