EUGENE, Ore. -- With outbreaks popping up all over our state, health officials are working to make sure that doesn't happen here -- especially to our vulnerable communities like the homeless population.
Lane County bought a facility at 100 River Avenue in April for those who may be unsheltered, unhoused, or not able to safely isolate themselves at their homes It is run by Occupy Medical, which was operating out of the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
The program started at the end of March but moved into this new facility last month.
They provide meals, clothing and other services to those who stay. They also provide coronavirus testing on site.
In order for someone to come stay they must first consult with a health care professional.
Director Sue Sierra-Lupe said some people come to their site with just the clothes on their back and some paperwork in their hands.
"Many times the COVID-19 diagnosis or suspect diagnosis is the least of the problems. Diabetes and other co-morbitities are far, far stronger," said Sierra-Lupe.
Occupy Medical is a Eugene-based medical clinic that offers health care to people at no cost. They have been working with vulnerable populations since 2011, which Sierra-Lupe said is a big reason they received this contract from the county.
Since the beginning of the program, they have served about 40 patients and about 10 of those have come from Sponsors, a wraparound transitional housing program for those newly released from jail or prison.