Iowa State Fairgrounds to be Used for Homeless With COVID-19

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa State Fairgrounds will be used a a shelter for homeless people who test positive for coronavirus.

The Polk County Health Department officials has set aside the Oman Family Iowa Youth Inn for people who with COVID-19  to recover. It can hold up to 400 people

A fence will surround the building to prevent the public from entering, in an effort to minimize community spread of the virus.

The shelter will only be used for homeless people who test positive for COVID-19. The are no plans to open the fairgrounds to people who haven't tested positive. 

Nurses from the Polk County Health Department will check in on patients daily to monitor symptoms. The shelter is estimated to be ready the week of March 30. 

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