EUGENE, Ore. -- A controversial ordinance that would have had hotels and motels take in homeless in exchange for money or vouchers is now dead, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis announced Monday.
Instead, those who are homeless and have coronavirus will stay in tiny homes to quarantine and recover thanks to the nonprofit Sponsors, Inc.
Sponsors' tiny homes will be able to house five homeless people in five different units, which provide a bed, living space, bathroom, kitchen, and storage.
The county's senior public health officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke also announced that they will be testing homeless people, regardless if they have symptoms, at two Lane County respite centers. They also plan on testing residents in long-term assisted living facilities because these two groups are most vulnerable and are also in areas where the virus would be hard to control.
This surplus of testing will give health officials a better gauge of where the virus is and how fast it is spreading.
Luedtke said they are hoping to be able to test around 500 people a day in the near future.