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Bellaire Salvation Army shelter quarantining occupants

Three residents test positive for coronavirus

BELLAIRE — The Salvation Army of Belmont County has put itself on “lockdown” after three people living in its homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a post from the army on its Facebook page, all 25 residents of the organization’s shelter in Bellaire are being quarantined.

“On Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, we had our residents tested and we received the test results this afternoon. Three of our residents have come down with the virus. The other 22 residents have tested negative. All of our employees and volunteers have been or will be tested before they serve our community,” the army noted on Friday.

The Salvation Army’s church is also suspending its services for the next two weeks. Its social service and financial assistance programs are being conducted by appointment only.

“If you need our emergency food pantry and your appointment has been scheduled you will meet us on the patio for your food bag,” the army added. “If you are coming for our Tuesday or Thursday food programs we will distribute outside as we usually do. Please social distance and wear your facemask.”

It was also noted the large food giveaways typically held on Thursdays will restart after the U.S. Department of Agriculture negotiates a new contract with a vendor. The last large giveaway was held Dec. 22.

“As soon as we get word we will start it up immediately. The projected start up date is the beginning of February,” the army stated.

The offices inside the building have been sanitized. Those coming for an appointment are asked to wear a mask and social distance. People who are having symptoms of COVID or who have been diagnosed with it are being asked to stay away. Those who come for an appointment will have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands. If their temperature is above 99 degrees, they will have to leave and call back for instructions.

“Please be patient with us as we try to navigate through this difficult time. Our goal is to serve you the best we can by ‘Doing the most good.’ We ask for prayer for our shelter residents and employees. As always we love serving you,” the army added.

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