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Coronavirus "overwhelms" homeless websites in LA


Skid Row is seeing a surge in Covid-19 infections with homeless people in downtown Los Angeles now "overwhelmed" by the virus, officials have warned.

Cases have exploded among the homeless who live in the area known as one of the largest homeless populations in the United States.

After an average of 60 new cases per week in the fall, the infection rate among the homeless in Los Angeles doubled in the week after Thanksgiving and has continued to rise rapidly since then.

Last Tuesday, 547 new cases were reported in the latest report from the Ministry of Health the previous week.

It comes because Los Angeles County is likely to soon hit the tragic stats of 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths per week if current trends continue, officials said Monday.

Covid-19 has taken over Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. Cases have exploded among the homeless living in the shelters on the street

A man who lives on Skid Row is receiving a test for Covid-19. Cases have exploded among the homeless living in the shelters on the street

A man who lives on Skid Row is receiving a test for Covid-19. Cases have exploded among the homeless living in the shelters on the street

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

The increasing number of infections on Skid Row prompted Dr. Heidi Behforouz, medical director of L.A. County's Housing for Health program, to take steps to put people in isolation

The increasing number of infections on Skid Row prompted Dr. Heidi Behforouz, medical director of L.A. County's Housing for Health program, to take steps to put people in isolation

Cases in the county doubled to 400,000 between November 30 and January 2 to 800,000. It took more than nine months to reach 400,000.

The increasing number of infections on Skid Row prompted Dr. Heidi Behforouz, medical director of L.A. County's Housing for Health program, to take steps to put people in isolation.

"Up until that point there has been a remarkable shortage of cases and now it is exploding," said Rev. Andy Bales, executive director of the region's Union Rescue Mission.

"Up until that point there has been a remarkable shortage of cases and now it is exploding," said Rev. Andy Bales, executive director of the region's Union Rescue Mission

According to Rev. Andy Bales, executive director of the Union Rescue Mission in the area, many of the housing agencies and missions are "overwhelmed" by the explosion of coronavirus cases

According to Rev. Andy Bales, executive director of the Union Rescue Mission in the area, many of the housing agencies and missions are "overwhelmed" by the explosion of coronavirus cases

Cases have exploded among the homeless who live in the area known as one of the largest homeless populations in the United States

Cases have exploded among the homeless who live in the area known as one of the largest homeless populations in the United States

The tents of the homeless are pictured on a bridge under a busy freeway in downtown Los Angeles

The tents of the homeless are pictured on a bridge under a busy freeway in downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

Homeless people sit on the sidewalk on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, home to one of the largest homeless populations in the United States

Homeless people sit on the sidewalk on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, home to one of the largest homeless populations in the United States

Bales added, "The inexplicable protection that homeless people have had from COVID is disappearing.

& # 39; All Skid Row and many agencies / missions are hot spots. Everyone is overwhelmed. & # 39;

A tent set up for the rising numbers of homeless people on Skid Row has now been converted into a triage area for COVID-19 cases as the Department of Health's Housing for Health program struggled to respond to a sudden spike in the spread of to respond to the disease.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Rev. Bales said: “We were able to make yet another move against this monster Genius Covid.

"We took our men to the second floor and handed over the keys last Sunday."

Pictured on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles is a homeless man who has concerns about a growing surge in Covid-19 infections in the area

Pictured on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles is a homeless man who has concerns about a growing surge in Covid-19 infections in the area

Covid-19 has taken over Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. Cases have exploded among the homeless living in the shelters on the street

Covid-19 has taken over Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. Cases have exploded among the homeless living in the shelters on the street

A tent set up for the growing number of homeless people on Skid Row has now been converted into a triage room for COVID-19 cases

A tent set up for the growing number of homeless people on Skid Row has now been converted into a triage room for COVID-19 cases

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Rev. Bales said, "We were able to make yet another move against this monster Genius Covid."

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Rev. Bales said, "We were able to make yet another move against this monster Genius Covid."

The Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter is pictured in downtown Los Angeles. Bales said: "The inexplicable protection that homeless people have had from COVID is disappearing."

The Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter is pictured in downtown Los Angeles. Bales said: "The inexplicable protection that homeless people have had from COVID is disappearing."

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic

Homeless shelters can be seen on Skid Row as coronavirus "overwhelms" homeless sites in some cases

Homeless shelters can be seen on Skid Row as coronavirus "overwhelms" homeless sites in some cases

Los Angeles County Housing for Health has made efforts to provide shelter for the medically vulnerable, including the homeless, amid the pandemic.

The agency opened five new isolation locations in December to accommodate rising cases.

Los Angeles County's health officials fear the upcoming Christmas and New Years rush.

The extra Thanksgiving cases have flooded hospitals, forcing them to see patients in hallways, ambulances and gift shops, and forcing them to become oxygen starved.

The agency opened five new isolation locations in December to accommodate rising cases

The agency opened five new isolation locations in December to accommodate rising cases

Covid-19 overwhelms Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. The number of homeless men and women in Los Angeles is rising with an increase in Covid-19 cases adding to the desperate situation. Image Andy Johnstone for DailyMail .com

The extra Thanksgiving cases have flooded hospitals, forcing them to see patients in hallways, ambulances, and gift shops, and forcing them to become oxygen starved

Covid-19 has taken over Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. The number of homeless men and women in Los Angeles is increasing, and an increase in Covid-19 cases is adding to the desperate situation

Covid-19 has taken over Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. The number of homeless men and women in Los Angeles is increasing, and an increase in Covid-19 cases is adding to the desperate situation

Officials also reported 9,142 new cases - a lower number due to the closure of test sites during the New Year holidays - for a total of 827,498 cases

Officials also reported 9,142 new cases – a lower number due to the closure of test sites during the New Year holidays – for a total of 827,498 cases

A homeless man is sitting in the street when a man wearing a face mask walks by and watches him in downtown Los Angeles

A homeless man is sitting in the street when a man wearing a face mask walks by and watches him in downtown Los Angeles

Tents of the homeless line the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles as concerns grow over the rising number of Covid-19 infections in homeless communities

Tents of the homeless line the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles as concerns grow over the rising number of Covid-19 infections in homeless communities

Los Angeles county reported 77 additional deaths Monday, including a delay in reporting over the weekend, bringing the total to 10,850 in the most populous county in the country.

Officials also reported 9,142 new cases – a lower number due to the closure of test sites during the New Year holidays – for a total of 827,498 cases. The variant has not yet been discovered in the county, but officials believe it is here.

Nearly 7,700 people are being hospitalized for COVID-19 across the country, and 21% are in intensive care units.

"We're likely to see the worst of conditions in January when we faced the entire pandemic – and it's hard to imagine," said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, at a briefing.

Los Angeles county reported 77 additional deaths Monday, including a delay in reporting over the weekend, bringing the total to 10,850 in the most populous county in the country

Los Angeles county reported 77 additional deaths Monday, including a delay in reporting over the weekend, bringing the total to 10,850 in the most populous county in the country

Officials also reported 9,142 new cases - a lower number due to the closure of test sites during the New Year holidays - for a total of 827,498 cases. The variant has not yet been discovered in the county, but officials believe it is here

Officials also reported 9,142 new cases – a lower number due to the closure of test sites during the New Year holidays – for a total of 827,498 cases. The variant has not yet been discovered in the county, but officials believe it is here

"We're likely to see the worst of conditions in January when we faced the entire pandemic – and it's hard to imagine," said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, at a briefing