130 high-risk homeless individuals moved to accommodated spaces due to COVID-19

Hennepin County is providing alternative accommodations for 130 people who are high-risk of COVID-19 and experiencing homelessness. 

According to Hennepin County, helping high-risk individuals who are homeless have been their top priority. On Friday, staff moved 130 people out of congregate shelter settings into alternative living arrangements at area hotels. 

The Hennepin County Board approved $3 million on Tuesday to secure alternative accommodation for high-risk individuals, as well as separate spaces for people who may become sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. 

As of Friday afternoon, four people with flu-like symptoms have been identified and moved to separate living spaces, and one has been tested for COVID-19. 

There are currently no documented positive cases of COVID-19 within the Hennepin County shelter system.