Hesed House in Aurora is moving about 200 residents to a hotel in Schaumburg due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the homeless shelter.
According to Hesed House’s website and media sources, the shelter posted notice of its first positive case on Friday, April 10.
“This morning, we learn we had our first COVID-19 positive case at Hesed House,” Executive Director Ryan Dowd wrote on the Hesed House website. “We knew his was coming and are focused right now on making sure we do everything in our power to help lessen the spread of this virus with our guests.
“What this means — our needs are the same, but our focus is on implementing all of the procedures we’ve been building toward for the past few weeks.”
As of Saturday evening, Hesed House had two confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to The Beacon-News.
According to the Daily Herald, the effort marks the first time the state has activated an alternative housing site for a population more vulnerable to COVID-19.
County and state officials are working to secure rooms in other dormant hotels to try to prevent the virus from taking root in crowded shelters.
The DuPage County Board on Tuesday plans to vote on awarding $85,000 in grants to two nonprofit groups providing hotel rooms for homeless people, the Daily Herald said.
Hesed residents began moving to the hotel Monday.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain worked to help coordinate the move.
Dowd told the Tribune that homeless shelters are set up to fit as many people as possible into one space, which is the worst possible scenario during a pandemic.
This article will be updated when more information is available from official sources.