Maricopa County providing isolation for residents who contract coronavirus
PHOENIX — Maricopa County has hotel space available for people who don’t have a place to isolate after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
“It’s a great asset that we have and another way to help families get through a tough time if they’re dealing with the disease,” Maricopa Country communications director Fields Moseley said.
Moseley said the hotel has 130 rooms. People who request to quarantine in the hotel will get their own room and bathroom at no cost. They’ll also be provided food so they don’t have to leave the site.
If their symptoms worsen and they need medical care, they’ll be taken to the hospital since there are no health care providers on site. They’ll also be taken to any medical appointments they may have.
To be eligible, county residents must be living in a home where they’re not able to isolate in a bedroom with a bathroom that no one else uses. They also need to be able to care for themselves.
Those who don’t have COVID-19 but are living with someone who does and are afraid of being exposed are also eligible to stay at the hotel.
There’s an online form people can fill out to request a room. They can also be referred by a local organization, such as the Crisis Response Network. Cities, towns and Native American tribes can also make referrals.
Maricopa County has been providing this service since July 24. But as of Friday, only 17 people had utilized it.
Moseley said the county is trying to raise awareness.
“We just want people to know it’s available,” he said. “This was set up to make sure people could create that isolation.”
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