Yellowknife sobering-up center closes indefinitely due to escalating COVID-19 outbreak
Two days after the temporary closure of his day shelter, the combined Yellowknife day shelter and sobering-up center are now completely closing, and it is not clear where those who depend on the shelter will sleep.
“The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority was notified of this closure at the end of the afternoon by the operator, the NWT Disabilities Council,” said a press release from the Northwest Territories authority. health Saturday night.
From Thursday, services at the overnight sobering-up center were to continue as usual, along with breakfast and lunch for clients. The shutdown follows news that 19 homeless people and 10 shelter support workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
These services are now suspended indefinitely.
“At this point, the NTHSSA is unable to establish and staff an emergency accommodation service due to capacity constraints related to the escalating COVID-19 epidemic in Yellowknife and in other regions, ”declares the authority.
The sobering-up center has 27 beds, although only 18 clients have been admitted in recent months to allow for distancing.
The Salvation Army and women’s shelter services remain open. The health authority said it was working with the Salvation Army to provide daytime meals.
“It’s a rapidly changing situation; the [health authority] and [Department of Health and Social Services] continue to work closely with the NWT Housing Corporation and all local NGO shelter operators to ensure collaboration and coordination of services. “
The authority said it had also stepped up requests to “key partners,” including the Ministry of Municipal and Community Affairs and the City of Yellowknife.