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COVID-19 Takes Toll On Huron County Homeless

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

Officials with "Huron Out of the Cold" say homeless gusests have few places to go, during closure of winter-time shelter.

The COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on homeless residents of Huron County.

Officials with the Salvation Army are continuing to operate the "Out of the Cold" winter shelter at Goderich's Suncoast Citadel, where new measures have been put in place due to the novel coronavirus.

Lieutenant Derek Kerr tells Country 104.9 News the cold weather shelter is now turning away donations of clothing, due to the potential spread of COVID-19.

That concern also prompted the closure of the Salvation Army Thrift Store, nextdoor to the shelter.

To protect against spreading the virus, Kerr says food preparation and space between guests of Out of the Cold have also been enhanced.

He tells us guests are also screened as they enter the facility, which operates between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., before closing for cleaning and restocking.

The closing of dine-in service at Goderich establishments means the area's homeless have fewer places to visit through the day, when the shelter is closed.

For those looking to help, Kerr says the Salvation Army is still accepting food and cash donations at their location at 303 Suncoast Drive East, in Goderich.

Out of the Cold will operate until April 15th, 2020.

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