The Justiceville Response: The Open Room Shelter Virus Transmission

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The Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Open Room Bridge Shelter-Housing, Venice Beach, California
(Supposedly The Mayor, My Friend, Modeled After Justiceville Dome Village – See Dome Village Clause)

Experts believe that COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-person in the following ways:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
    RESPONSE:  Open room shelter facilities promotes this virus and others, etc

It may be possible that a person can get the Chinese Wuhan Corona Virus COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but experts do not believe that this is the main way the virus spreads, such as in open room shelters where bathroom and other facilities are located.

Scientist believe that people are most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this Corona Virus, but experts do not believe that this is the main way the virus spreads.


Tips for both staff and clients include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    Really? Homeless person in “overnighting” there shelters doing this much hand washing?  Most housed persons don’t even do that!
  • Post hand washing signs throughout your site and provide training on good hand hygiene for staff and clients
    RESPONSE: This is a good effort, but what happens when clients leave shelter facility?
  • For facilities, install and distribute hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content throughout your facility.
  • For outreach teams, distribution of hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content and promote its use to street-based clients and staff.
    RESPONSE: How much of this material is available? What is the cost?  Apparently, over use of this liquid will minimize its effectiveness.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Ensure staff have access to disposable gloves and know how to use and discard safely.
    RESPONSE: Homelss persons utilizing gloves?
  • Get a flu shot. Since COVID-19 disease symptoms may mimic influenza, getting immunized for flu is very important.
    RESPONSE: Homeless persons going to get flu shots? Really?
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Promote this among clients and fellow staff.
    RESPONSE: Really? Homeless persons taking the time to do these exercises?
  • If you’re sick, stay at home. Experts recommend that staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).
    RESPONSE: Shelter using person, stay at home? Really? What home?  Stay in the shelter?

            • Face masks should be used only by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)

              RESPONSE: When will said homeless persons or clients find out whether they are infected or not?  When and how will they be tested?  How often?  This is especially acute, as the shelter populations change nightly; return to facility after a day of being transient throughout the neighborhood, et.

              What happens when the live the shelter and move about in public places, such as government building and fast food restaurant restrooms as well portable toilets; traveling public transportation, et al?  Will they stop to wash their hands regularly all day until they return to their shelter spot?
Actually, homeless persons are safer dwelling outdoors in OPEN AIR encampments than in ENCLOSED OPEN ROOM shelters


This is precisely one of the causes to the expansion of “open air” outdoor, encampment culture homelessness, because the root of the Boise and Jones Act of the Ninth Circuit, being that of the 1985, “Defense of Necessity” Jury Trial decision citing the airborne disease dangers of such shelter facilities, again giving rise to the November 1993 Dome Village, the same year that LAHSA was established.


Symptoms, Assessment, and Treatment
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed Chinese, Wuhan, Corona Virus COVID-19 cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

If a client is exhibiting symptoms, contact their healthcare provider immediately for further instructions. Make sure you keep a distance of 6 feet. If you have access to masks, ensure the person with symptoms wears one until further direction of a healthcare provider.

We expect more guidance on both facility and street-based protocols for those with potential infections. We will share it when available.

RESPONSE:  How is this practice or measures going to function in shelters, when the virus is discovered in them?

[JV Response Narrative] [Threat File]


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