Three confirmed COVID-19 cases from testing at GRACE

One case is a resident, the other two are non-residents tested at the center
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 11:04 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Alachua County has confirmed new COVID-19 cases after testing at GRACE Marketplace.

According to the Director of Alachua Health Department Paul Myers, there have been three positive novel coronavirus cases connected to the homeless shelter. GRACE Executive Director Jon DeCarmine tells TV 20 that the most recent test results yielded one GRACE shelter resident as positive. Two other individuals were tested at GRACE but were not residents or involved in any of its shelter or housing programs.

The County says all three individuals have been approved for and are staying at hotels in the area.

COVID-19 testing has been taking place at GRACE Marketplace since March. County commissioners discussed the need for isolated sheltering in a previous meeting. They said FEMA can reimburse them for using emergency funding to house the homeless, who have been infected.

Stay with WCJB as we continue to follow this developing story.

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