ARIZONA NEWS

Maricopa County increases efforts to help homeless during coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020, 11:00 AM
(Facebook Photo/Central Arizona Shelter Services)...
(Facebook Photo/Central Arizona Shelter Services)
(Facebook Photo/Central Arizona Shelter Services)

PHOENIX – Maricopa County is working with government and nonprofit partners to help individuals experiencing homelessness with shelter and medical care during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Maricopa County Human Services Department has worked to move people off the streets into leased indoor facilities in the East Valley and safer outdoor locations.

“We are fortunate to have strong partners who share our commitment to assisting the most vulnerable among us during this unprecedented time,” department director Bruce Liggett said in a press release Tuesday.

The county is relocating anyone who is willing to tent encampments near the Human Services Campus in Phoenix.

There, people have access to cold water, hand washing stations, toilets and security.

The county is also testing at-risk categories and secured an additional 200 beds across Maricopa County in the past week.

The department has worked to provide medical care for individuals with coronavirus symptoms.

Over the past week, the county has created care sites and set up a medical triage phone line.

With community partners, they’ve tested almost 90 homeless individuals for COVID-19 and only one has tested positive.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Creative Commons)...
KTAR.com

FBI arrests woman who allegedly robbed 4 metro Phoenix banks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a suspect accused of robbing four metro Phoenix banks in September and October.
23 hours ago
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, voters stand in line outside a polling station, o...
Associated Press

QAnon figure Ron Watkins says he’s running for Congress in Arizona

Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona.
23 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Peoria Police Department)...
KTAR.com

18-year-old man dead after gun accidentally discharged in Peoria

An 18-year-old man died after a friend accidentally shot him in the chest while cleaning a gun in Peoria, authorities said Thursday.
23 hours ago
(AZDHS.gov Screenshot)...
Kevin Stone

Here’s how to make sense of changes to Arizona’s COVID-19 dashboard

The Arizona Department of Health Services rolled out a variety of changes to how it presents data on its COVID-19 dashboard this week, some that could be confusing without further explanation.
23 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Associated Press

Judge again rules Arizona Senate’s election review records to be made public

A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous county.
23 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/The University of Arizona)...
Kevin Stone

ASU, UArizona, NAU announce COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employees

Arizona’s three public universities announced Friday they will be requiring most employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
...
Sweet James

Best fall road trips to take on a motorcycle

Autumn in Arizona brings the beauty of color-changing leaves and a relief from summer heat. It’s one of the most pleasant times to explore the outdoors, especially on a motorcycle.
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
Maricopa County increases efforts to help homeless during coronavirus