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Muncie organizations to open safe recovery site for those experiencing homelessness with COVID-19

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 10:54:15-04

MUNCIE — Several agencies and organizations in East Central Indiana are working to help those experiencing homelessness who have tested positive or have a presumed positive case of COVID-19.

Bridges Community Services is opening an emergency, isolation, and quarantine Safe Recovery Site Tuesday in Muncie and will serve those in Delaware, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Grant and Blackford counties, according to a press release from Bridges Community Services.

People are referred to the facility through a local healthcare provider and are given a single-occupancy room while they are quarantined, according to the release.

Once someone is tested through a medical facility and they're refereed and accepted to the site, Heartland Ambulance Services will transport them to the site, according to the release. Second Harvest Food Bank and the Muncie Mission are working together to provide people with three meals a day. Telehealth and behavioral health services are being provided by Open Door Health Services.

Bridges Community Services will work with people staying at the site to find housing in their county once they are released, according to the release.

The Family and Social Services Administration, Muncie Community Development Office, the City of Muncie, Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital are also partnering to help with the site.

Medical and security workers will also be at the site.