HONOLULU (KHON2) — According to the state, the Institute for Human Services Sumner Men’s Shelter will close to new arrivals after seven new cases were identified on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Instead, the shelter will become a temporary isolation and quarantine site.
“At first, we were working with DOH to place positive ones into quarantine off-site but because we learned yesterday we had seven more, it just reached that tipping point that we really felt like it was much more effective and efficient to quarantine the whole shelter so it will become a quarantine site itself,” said IHS Executive Director Connie Mitchell.
IHS says that they will work with the Honolulu Police Department to ensure that the people who test positive for COVID-19 stay in one place to prevent community spread.
As a precaution, the state will also be temporarily suspending cleanups on state lands that adversely impact or may displace homeless individuals, with the exception of enforcement actions that are necessary to address immediate health and safety concerns.