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COVID-19 outbreak among Nashville's homeless leads to Rescue Mission quarantine

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Nearly 400 homeless individuals sheltering at the Nashville Rescue Mission have been quarantined.

The move comes after more than 100 residents and staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Metro Coronavirus Chairman Dr. Alex Jahangir told reporters Monday the infected individuals have been moved to a special homeless overflow shelter at the Fairgrounds. Health officials organized the special shelter early in the city’s pandemic response.

There are three separate housing units at the Fairgrounds. One is for those who are virus free, a second is for those who are awaiting a virus test result, while a third is for those who have been confirmed virus positive.

Dr. Jahangir says one homeless individual who tested postitive was admitted to a local hospital.

All of those who remain at the Rescue Mission will be required to quarantine there for two weeks.

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