Deadly Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego has left 15 dead already

Deadly Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego has left 15 dead already

Mayor Faulconer today announced his plan is simply to erect a few large tents to temporarily house the homeless - a strategy DeMaio says is destined to fail.

A second downtown tent will be operated by the Alpha Project and located at 16th street and Newton Avenue.

Wooten, who signed the declaration into law on September 8, told NPR that the precautionary efforts are modeled after programs seen in Los Angeles and other cities. Service providers will also be on site at all three locations, offering alcohol and substance abuse counseling and job search training. The final price is to be finalized in the coming weeks.

The new shelters would operate alongside the city's current interim housing program at Father Joe's Villages - an indoor facility with 350 beds and supportive services for homeless individuals and veterans.

DeMaio points out that the capacity of the tent Faulconer is proposing is a fraction of what is needed to house an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 unsheltered homeless individuals now living on the streets and in canyons in the region. According to the officials, this will help those who live in the streets, which are the most affected population, to stop getting infected with Hepatitis.

County health officials already have provided hepatitis vaccinations to 19,000 people, including 7,300 considered to be at-risk of contracting the disease.

Councilman David Alvarez proposed the shelter declaration almost two weeks ago, calling for immediate action because of the fatalities.

In January's annual tally of the area's transient population, 5,619 homeless individuals were counted in the city of San Diego, a 10.3 percent increase from a year ago.

The city responded to a letter sent by San Diego County Thursday, asking the city to move forward with a list of specific sanitation actions created to help control the spread of the disease, which has killed 15 people and hospitalized almost 300, many of them homeless and living on streets without adequate access to restrooms or showers.

In addition, 40 hand-washing stations were installed in areas where the city's homeless gather, according to local news reports. Now, the city is implementing an extension on public restrooms hours, opening the possibilities for these homeless people to find the toilets available 24/7.

This year, according to a study led by the University of New Hampshire statistician Chris Glynn, and sponsored by the real estate database company Zillow, the number of people living in the street might have duplicated comparing with the last year.

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