DC plans to expand a hotel-based isolation and quarantine site for homeless people to include members of that community who are exposed to monkeypox, officials said.
The site will expand to handle the growing number of homeless people in the district exposed to COVID-19 and monkeypox. DC’s homeless community has two confirmed cases of monkeypox, officials confirmed Wednesday.
The district first used these sites during the height of the pandemic to quarantine homeless people who had contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. The sites are costing the city millions of dollars.
Most of these quarantine sites have closed, but at least one hotel has remained in operation.
The quarantine center will now be for homeless COVID-19 and monkeypox patients. There are currently 25 COVID-19 patients and two monkeypox patients quarantined at the hotel, according to a spokesperson for the DC Department of Human Services.
Officials did not provide the exact location of the hotel but acknowledged that it was a Hampton Inn.
The district currently has 248 cases of monkeypox, according to the CDC.