POMONA, Calif. - Officials in Los Angeles County are taking an extra step to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis, L.A. County Fair Association President Miguel Santana and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval announced that the Pomona Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center will be used to house people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as well as people who need to self-isolate.
Temporary housing units will become available starting Monday, March 23 and will be available until May 31st with the possibility of being extended to June.
“I know there are many families that due to their housing environment cannot self-isolate,” Solis said during a press conference Friday afternoon.
The hotel itself will be closed to the public.
“Our overwhelmed health care system will not be able to admit every person with mild symptoms of COVID-19. As we contain the spread of this virus, we need quarantine sites where people can receive care and heal,” Supervisor Solis said.
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The hotel will house people who need to be quarantined due to testing positive for coronavirus,
showing symptoms of the illness or being exposed to someone with it.
Patients will be provided with food, medical services as well as laundry services and much more. Rooms will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The hotel will provide 244 rooms, with one occupant per room.
Solis also said the Fairplex Child Development Center will open its doors to the children of first responders in the community—that includes law enforcement and medical staff.