LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The opening of a new facility meant to help the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak has been delayed.
Construction on the Isolation-Quarantine Complex at Cashman Center is almost done, but it is behind schedule. Still, city and county leaders say once it is ready, it will be the first of its kind in the country.
Clark County and the City of Las Vegas are teaming up to build the Isolation-Quarantine Complex in the parking lot at Cashman Center. It is a way to help the valley’s most vulnerable by stopping the spread of COVID-19. It will serve at least 350 homeless people, who either have the virus or were exposed to it.
“We’ll have a quarantine tent, and we’ll have an isolation tent for individuals who are not symptomatic but testing positive, and then an isolation tent for individuals who are symptomatic and are on the road to recovery,” said Tim Burch, Administrator of Human Services for Clark County.
The county and city will both pay for the complex. It will be staffed by more than 100 healthcare professionals, operations staff, security and volunteers. The new space comes after criticism over photos of people sleeping on the ground at a previous, open-air shelter in the Cashman Center parking lot.
“We’ll have supply tents, we’ll have decontamination tents, and we’ll have all the things we need to run a proper facility,” Burch said.
The Cashman Isolation-Quarantine Complex was originally scheduled to be completed by Monday, April 6. But in a joint statement, city and county officials said,
“We were overly optimistic with our original timeline for the opening of the Cashman Isolation-Quarantine Complex.” They added that, “While we have seen tremendous progress during the past seven days, it took slightly longer than expected to find staff, train them and get them all the protective and other equipment they need.”
To the county’s knowledge, the Cashman Isolation-Quarantine Complex is the nation’s first facility created to help those who test positive for COVID-19 and are well enough to recover at home, but who do not have a home to go to.
Clark County officials are still hoping the complex will be ready at some point this week.