Fargo's YWCA shelter finishes 6 private rooms for COVID-19 quarantine
Six new rooms at the YWCA have finished construction and will be used as quarantine and isolation rooms during the pandemic.
FARGO — Six new rooms at the YWCA are complete and will be used as quarantine and isolation rooms during the pandemic.
The YWCA shelters women and children escaping domestic violence.
With these new rooms, the YWCA will have space to isolate or quarantine 19 people on site.
Right now, the shelter is using a hotel for people with COVID-19 or close contact cases.
Thus far, 18 clients and 25% of the staff at the shelter have contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The shelter was able to build the rooms with $300,000 of Cares Act funding from the city of Fargo.
"Right now, our staff are having to spread time between having to check in with our clients at the hotel to make sure their needs are met. But we have a lockdown facility here, where many people feel safe because they have fled an unsafe situation from violence," said Angela Daly, YWCA's shelter services director.
People will begin living in the rooms on Christmas eve.
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