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The New York Times; David Waldstein

“If you wait for a cluster to develop, you are almost too late,” said Dr. Jim O’Connell, the president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, who took part in the study. “The lesson is that from the beginning of this epidemic, we should have been testing people in nursing homes, prisons and in shelters because that is where it is spreading asymptomatically, and it can be deadly before you know it.”

 

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WGBH; Joe Mathieu

Host Joe Mathieu spoke with Dr. Joe Wright, the director of Boston Health Care for the Homeless' Addiction Treatment Program, about how he and his colleagues are helping patients during the pandemic. The transcript has been edited for clarity.

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Politico; Victoria Colliver

Boston is one of the few other U.S. cities where an entire shelter population was tested, with similar widespread infections found.

At Boston’s Pine Street Inn, the region’s largest homeless center, 146 of the 397 people tested — or about 36 percent — were positive for the virus. As in San Francisco, most showed no signs of illness.

 

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Taylor Romine

These are larger numbers than we ever anticipated,” said Dr. Jim O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “Asymptomatic spread is something we’ve underestimated overall, and it’s going to make a big difference.”

 

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Duncan MacLean; WWLP

“The 1,000 bed field hospital was built inside the Boston Convention Center. It will serve as overflow for people who do not need critical medical care, as well as homeless people who have tested positive for the virus. It is the largest field hospital in the Commonwealth, organized by Partners Health Care and Boston Health Care for the Homeless.”

 

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Asher Klein: NBC10

“They are speaking to the media under a massive logo that said, “Boston Hope,” at the 1,000-bed field hospital set up at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Half the beds are reserved for overflow hospital patients who aren’t in need of critical care, half for homeless people who have tested positive for the virus.” Watch more here!

 

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News@Northeastern; Khalida Sarwari

And then there are the clinicians and case managers with whom he worked at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, a respite clinic for people experiencing homelessness. Petrovsky remembers a “compassionate and culturally competent: staff that worked tirelessly not only to address their clients’ health needs, but helped connect them with resources to housing and social services.

They not only listened to their patients’ needs, but heard them,” he says.

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