County to stop operating rarely used quarantine hotel – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg County Health Director Jebbie Harris said the county will stop operating the quarantine and isolation hotel at the end of December because that’s when FEMA funding runs out.

The operation of the hotel costs 300 thousand dollars a month, and now there is only one person in it.

Most of the people at the hotel lately have been 10 people, Harris said. However, for the past few days, no one was in it.

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The higher price covers rent, employment, food, security, cleaning and supplies. Harris said the hotel is not cost-effective.

The hotel is for people who do not have anywhere else to safely quarantine, such as homeless people.

Harris said shelters need to be ready to safely house homeless people who need to be quarantined as COVID-19 continues.

“We have to normalize the capacity of these shelters to be able to manage infectious diseases, including COVID,” Harris said. “Especially with such small numbers that we are seeing. They should be able to accommodate a handful of people in their facilities where they can isolate and quarantine.”

The county did not specify the location of the hotel for security reasons.

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