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Erin Kuschner; Boston.com

The distillery’s first batch was made on Friday, and they hope to start distributing it next week, with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program already confirmed as a recipient.

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MSNBC

Housing advocates fear an outbreak of coronavirus in homeless populations as shelters across the country scramble to increase capacity and maintain social distancing. With no access to health care the homeless can spread the virus across states faster than people that can afford regular health care. Many cities are working to test and isolate this vulnerable population. Watch Dr. O'Connell here. 

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Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com

Dr. Jim O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, noted that preparing to test and care for homeless people is different than it is for the general population. Social distancing and quarantining don’t apply to homeless shelters.

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Lynn Jolicoeur; WBUR

"[Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's] doctors and nurses will staff the quarantine tents. On Tuesday, they started performing coronavirus tests in another tent behind their South End clinic and the Woods Mullen shelter. Before then, people had to get tested at hospitals.

 

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Erin Tiernan; Boston Herald

“This is the time to set up a process for when it does hit because it feels inevitable to me. It feels like an avalanche is headed our way,” said Dr. James O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which is overseeing the program.

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Emily Shapiro; ABC News

Dr. James O'Connell, the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program thinks "it's inevitable" that coronavirus will hit the homeless community.

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Laila Kearney; Reuters

“As we’ve seen with tuberculosis, norovirus, and so many others, infections spread really quickly through the shelter system,” said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP).

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Felice J Freyer; Boston Globe

Last week, Dr. Jennifer K. Brody, director of HIV services at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, alerted colleagues in the area to the seven new cases. That prompted the state Department of Public Health to initiate its investigation and put out an alert on Wednesday.

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Felice J Freyer; Boston Globe

The “medical observation and monitoring services” plan was inspired by the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, or SPOT, at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, according to the state’s request for proposals.

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